Monday, April 22, 2024

Like it Or Not, Britney Spears Broadway Musical Set for Chicago Tryout Featuring “American Idol” Star Justin Guarini (Not as Britney)


Like it or not, a Britney Spears jukebox musical is coming toward us like a meteorite set to destroy the world.

“Once Upon a Time One More Time” is the threat, and the title. The show will debut in Chicago from April 14 to May 17th. Then it could come to New York for the summer, or the fall.

It’s got a book kind of based on Cinderella. She will be played by Briga Heelan. “American Idol” star Justin Guarini, who’s been on Broadway a lot, will play Prince Charming. Simon Callow and Emily Skinner are also featured.

The show is by “internationally-acclaimed artists” Keone & Mari Madrid, whoever they are. David Leveaux, who is actually acclaimed, is on the creative team.

The entire show is based around the cliff hanger of Britney coming to the opening nights. There’s more drama in that part of it than in the rest of this. The music, well, the music will comprise Britney’s hits, a special torture to be sure.

Stay tuned, because you know that none of this will go as planned. This, friends, is real theater!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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