Would you hold it against me if this post has a few too many lyrical Britney Spears puns? No? Great. ‘Cause it’s my prerogative. Let’s get to it.
All of your dreams are coming true: A musical comedy featuring 23 (!!!) Spears songs is coming to the theater, darling, and we could NOT be more excited. Once Upon a One More Time — anything about that title sound familiar? — is heading to Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre this fall, with previews beginning on Oct. 29. Opening night is set for Nov. 13, and the show is slated to run through Dec. 1.
The slot was previously filled by a biographical Michael Jackson musical, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, but the beat goes on. An explosive documentary called Leaving Neverland debuted on HBO and effectively threw a wrench into a slew of MJ-related projects, presumably including this one, though the strike is officially being attributed to a strike-related production delay. The MJ project is reportedly still in the works, scheduled for a Broadway debut in 2020.
It’s criminal that it took a snafu to get this sure-to-be fabulous musical in front of more eyes, but we’ll take what we can get.