Over the past few decades, we’ve seen jukebox musicals created around the hits of ABBA, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, the Go-Gos and more…so why not Britney Spears?
Once Upon a One More Time, featuring all of Britney’s hits, will debut at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre October 29. The official opening night is November 13, and the engagement will run through December 1, before it officially heads to Broadway.
The plot of Once Upon a One More Time concerns fairy tale princesses, including Cinderella and Snow White. When they gather for their book club — just go with us here — a fairy godmother gives them a copy of The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan‘s landmark 1963 book credited with sparking the feminist movement of the ’60s and ’70s in the U.S.
The exposure to these radical ideas shakes up the women, inspiring them to search for fulfillment in ways other than marrying a prince and enjoying “true love’s kiss.”
The musical, three years in the making, is described as, “an uproarious, irreverent look at the towering challenges, charms, and choices involved in finding that most elusive of endings: Happily Ever After.”
In a statement, Britney says, “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. This is a dream come true for me!”
Tickets for the Chicago performances go on sale to the general public on August 4.
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