Burlesque musical adaptation set to make premiere in UK

The 2010 movie Burlesque is heading to the stage with a new musical adaptation.

Work is underway on Burlesque: The Musical, written by the film’s director and screenwriter, Steven Antin.

It will include songs originally written for the movie by Christina Aguilera, Diane Warren and Sia, together with new songs by Todrick Hall and Jess Foley.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the show is being executive produced by Aguilera, and the plan is for a premiere production in the UK.

“Yes the stage musical adaptation is happening,” Antin told the publication. “Very exciting.”

Further details are to be announced.

Burlesque starred Aguilera alongside Cher.

Set in a vintage Los Angeles burlesque lounge struggling to stay afloat, the film follows the journey of Ali Rose (Aguilera), a small-town girl with big dreams, as she stumbles upon the glamorous and mesmerising world of burlesque.

The original song You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me, performed by Cher in the film, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

Burlesque marked Cher’s return to feature films after a hiatus of nearly seven years, while Aguilera was already well-known for her music career, Burlesque marked her acting debut in a major film role.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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