10 Actors We’d Love to See in ‘Magic Mike: The Musical’
“Magic Mike: The Musical” will be bumping and grinding its way onto the Emerson Colonial stage in Boston in November, prior to a Broadway run aimed for 2020. Directed by Trip Cullman with songs by Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (“Next to Normal”) and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the musical will be a prequel to the famed film about stripper Mike Lane who trains newbie Adam. While the cast will be announced at a later date, we couldn’t help but day dream who will be taking on these roles (and taking off something else).
Press play on “Pony” by Ginuwine and take a look at 10 actors we would love to see shed some clothing in “Magic Mike: The Musical.”
The young actor made his Broadway debut last season as Daniel in the Tony Award-winning revival “Once on This Island” and audiences couldn’t help but swoon. With sparkling eyes and tousled brown locks, this crooner would make hearts melt as “The Kid” (portrayed by Alex Pettyfer in the film).
Currently starring as Simba in “The Lion King,” Bradley Gibson is no stranger to commanding the stage. With powerful vocals and impressive dexterity, Gibson is a no-brainer for this cast. He’ll have audiences feeling the love tonight with his irresistible smile, too. We hope he’s willing to trade Pride Rock for a strip joint.
The Tony winner is currently starring in “The Band’s Visit” as Haled, the charming womanizer that befriends the less-suave Papi. Haled mentors Papi on how to approach and woo women, similar to the way Mike (Channing Tatum) mentors “The Kid.” We just have one request if he’s cast: His character needs to ask “Do you like Chet Baker?”
The former Jack Kelly in “Newsies” is currently making his co-star Brianna-Marie Bell (and audiences across the country) fall head over heels as Calogero in “A Bronx Tale.” With dance-heavy credits that include “A Chorus Line” and “Saturday Night Fever,” Barreiro would be able to show off some sultry moves that would make this casting “one of the great ones.”
There’s no denying Klena is a Broadway fan favorite. He’s starred in hits like “Wicked” and “Anastasia,” and audiences have fallen in love with his boyish charm. We’re crossing our fingers that Derek channels Fiyero and dances through life (or in this case, the club).
The two-time Tony Award-nominated actor was most recently seen in “Carousel” as Billy Bigelow. A stripper pole may be a little harder to operate than a carousel, but we think the tall and handsome Henry would be able to make audiences fall in love without breaking a sweat. With a voice like that, how could he not?
This wouldn’t be the first time Charlie portrayed a stripper onstage. The Broadway newcomer made his debut as The Cowboy in the critically acclaimed “The Boys in the Band.” With devilishly handsome good looks and acting chops to match, we think it’s time the film and television favorite make his way back to the stage. Maybe he can ask his “The Boys in the Band” co-star and “Magic Mike” film star Matt Bomer for some tips?
There’s something adorably charming about the “Aladdin” star. Leung’s smile is mesmerizing, and his voice is smooth as butter. Even a crew of exotic dancers needs a boy next door and we think Leung would be the best guy for the role. Starring in “Magic Mike: The Musical” would definitely be a “whole new world” for this sweet star.
“Dogfight” revival, anyone? We would love to see Josh Segarra reunite with “Dogfight” co-star Derek Klena in “Magic Mike: The Musical.” Not only is Josh’s smile to die for, but so are his moves — he starred in the Sergio Trujillo-choreographed “On Your Feet!” We think he would be a perfect muse for “Magic Mike: The Musical” choreographer Camille A. Brown.
The Tony Award-winning actor of “Hamilton” has the skills that make him a strong contender for this list. His stage presence alone would be enough for eyes to be glued on him, but if you add in seductive moves, it would be impossible not to fall in love. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that he has a great laugh (and nice arms).
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