The songs of Britney Spears will be featured in â€œOnce Upon a One More Time,â€ a musical comedy featuring 23 titles from the singerâ€™s catalog, theater owner James L. NederlanderÂ announced today. The show will have its premiere in fall at Broadway In Chicagoâ€™sÂ James M. Nederlander Theatre before heading to Broadway. Previews beginÂ October 29,Â with an opening night ofÂ November 13 and a limited run throughÂ December 1.
While Spearsâ€™ music is at the center of the show, the singer herself is not â€” the musical actually revolves around a humorous take on several classic Disney characters. â€œCinderella is having an existential crisis, and she has a posse of famous princesses, and her stepmother is the main antagonist, and thereâ€™s also Prince Charming and a dwarf weâ€™ve never met â€” the eighth dwarf â€” and a narrator who is unhappy his system is being dismantled before his eyes,â€ the showâ€™s bookwriter, Jon Hartmere (â€œThe Upsideâ€), told the New York Times. â€œThese women have been in this hermetically sealed world, and then they start to get deeper into modern ideas â€” second and third-wave feminism â€” and also explore how stories are passed down to us, and where we get our norms from. But itâ€™s also superfun and funny.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 â€œDominationâ€ while her father recovers from surgery.
â€œIâ€™m so excited to have a musical with my songs â€“ especially one that takes place in such a magical world filled with characters that I grew up on, who I love and adore,â€ Spears said in a statement.Â â€œThis is a dream come true for me!â€