Hold onto your hats, 90s kids. A jukebox musical featuring the music of pop icon Britney Spears will premiere at Chicago’s James L. Nederlander theater this fall. The production, which has already held multiple readings, plans to transfer to Broadway after a month-long run in Chicago.
Titled Once Upon a One More Time, the show will not chronicle Spears’ life; instead, the irreverent musical will focus on storybook princesses and their introduction to feminism. The synopsis reads: “Once Upon a Time … Cinderella, Snow White, and the other fairy tale princesses gather for their book club, when — oh, baby, baby! — a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps, spurring a royal revelation.” Um, sold.
Writer Jon Hartmere says of the musical: “Cinderella is having an existential crisis, and she has a posse of famous princesses, and her stepmother is the main antagonist, and there’s also Prince Charming and a dwarf we’ve never met — the eighth dwarf — and a narrator who is unhappy his system is being dismantled before his eyes.”
The production will be directed by Kristin Hanggi, known for Rock of Ages, and choreographed by YouTube sensations Keone & Mari Madrid, so don’t expect to stay in your seats. I can already imagine the numbers set to “Toxic” and “Oops…I Did It Again” and “Circus.” Casting for the show has not yet been announced.
So, how does Spears feel about all this, you ask? Apparently, she’s pumped. “I’m so excited to have a musical with my songs — especially one that takes place in such a magical world filled with characters that I grew up on, who I love and adore,” she said in a statement. “This is a dream come true for me!”
Same, Brit. The musical will begin previews October 29 and will run until December 1 before it heads to Broadway next year. Check out the theater’s website for more information.