A highly anticipated stage adaptation of the beloved 2010 film, Burlesque, is set to make its world premiere at the Manchester Opera House on June 13, 2024. The musical, produced by none other than pop icon Christina Aguilera, promises to bring the glitz, glamour, and soul-stirring music of the original film to the live stage.
Burlesque, the film, starred Cher and marked Christina Aguilera’s debut as a leading actress. The storyline follows Ali Rose, an aspiring singer who embarks on a journey from a small town to Los Angeles in pursuit of her dreams. There, she discovers a struggling burlesque lounge owned by Tess, portrayed by Cher on screen.
The film’s soundtrack, featuring eight tracks by Aguilera and two by Cher, received widespread acclaim, with the ballad “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” earning a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
Christina Aguilera, who played a pivotal role in the film, expressed her excitement about the musical adaptation. “Burlesque was my first feature film, and creating the role of Ali, along with co-writing the music, was a part of my career that I will always cherish,” she said. “Recreating Burlesque as a live theatre experience is something I always hoped would happen, and here we are!”
The stage production is set to feature an enticing blend of tunes, including tracks by Aguilera, Sia, Diane Warren, and additional compositions by Jess Folley and Todrick Hall, with extra material by Kate Wetherhead.
Performances of Burlesque at the Manchester Opera House are scheduled from June 13 to June 29, 2024. While fans eagerly await the stage adaptation, details about the cast remain under wraps. Although Christina Aguilera is not confirmed to reprise her role as Ali on stage, her involvement as an executive producer and contributing songwriter adds an extra layer of excitement for fans of the musical.
The Burlesque musical promises to captivate audiences with its electrifying performances, soulful melodies, and a story of dreams, passion, and empowerment. Stay tuned for further announcements about the cast as this eagerly anticipated production prepares to light up the Manchester stage in 2024.