The songs of Britney Spears will be featured in Ã¢â‚¬Å“Once Upon a One More Time,Ã¢â‚¬Â a musical comedy featuring 23 titles from the singerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s catalog, theater owner James L. NederlanderÃ‚Â announced today. The show will have its premiere in fall at Broadway In ChicagoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â James M. Nederlander Theatre before heading to Broadway. Previews beginÃ‚Â October 29,Ã‚Â with an opening night ofÃ‚Â November 13 and a limited run throughÃ‚Â December 1.
While SpearsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ music is at the center of the show, the singer herself is not Ã¢â‚¬â€ the musical actually revolves around a humorous take on several classic Disney characters. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Cinderella is having an existential crisis, and she has a posse of famous princesses, and her stepmother is the main antagonist, and thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also Prince Charming and a dwarf weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never met Ã¢â‚¬â€ the eighth dwarf Ã¢â‚¬â€ and a narrator who is unhappy his system is being dismantled before his eyes,Ã¢â‚¬Â the showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bookwriter, Jon Hartmere (Ã¢â‚¬Å“The UpsideÃ¢â‚¬Â), told the New York Times. Ã¢â‚¬Å“These women have been in this hermetically sealed world, and then they start to get deeper into modern ideas Ã¢â‚¬â€ second and third-wave feminism Ã¢â‚¬â€ and also explore how stories are passed down to us, and where we get our norms from. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also superfun and funny.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Hartmere said the show has had several readings, one of which was attended by Spears herself. The singer is on hiatus from her Las Vegas residency Ã¢â‚¬Å“DominationÃ¢â‚¬Â while her father recovers from surgery.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m so excited to have a musical with my songs Ã¢â‚¬â€œ especially one that takes place in such a magical world filled with characters that I grew up on, who I love and adore,Ã¢â‚¬Â Spears said in a statement.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is a dream come true for me!Ã¢â‚¬Â