There’s a big difference between wanting to do something and actually doing it, especially in Hollywood. Of every new project formally proposed or casually brought up in conversations, at least ninety percent eventually get pushed to the side. That’s why, when writer Magic Mike writer Reid Carolin mentioned he’d like to take the male stripper movie to Broadway, I made sure to slide a “probably” into the story title.

Days later, it turns out that word has been proven unnecessary. According to Deadline, director Steven Soderbergh has jumped on board to produce, and Carolin will write the book with an eye toward debuting the extravaganza on Broadway by the summer of 2013. That doesn’t really leave everyone much time to get the details worked out, but given the excitement level here, I don’t really think everyone committing their time will be a problem.

In addition to Soderbergh and Carolin, Channing Tatum will also pick up a producer credit, and WME’s headman John Buzzetti will work behind the scenes to ensure a smooth transition to the stage. Carolin recently admitted he sees the production as more of an audience interaction, fun night out. Loosely translated, that means there will be plenty of stripping scenes, but look for the story to retain some of its loving heart as well. It's all a balance, and if reviews are any indication, the film version nails it. Well see whether the magic translates to Broadway.

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