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  • Broadway and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., are coming together to produce the musical “Britney Spears: Once Upon a One More Time.”
  • The musical, to the stylings of Spears’s song discography, will surround a book club of fairytale characters — such as Snow White and Cinderella — who find themselves changed after reading “a feminist manifesto.”
  • “Once Upon a One More Time” will debut on Nov. 30 at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall.

Musical theater and pop fans can rejoice because Broadway and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., are coming together to bring dreams to life with “Britney Spears: Once Upon a One More Time,” The Washington Post reported on Thursday. 

“This is something so magical — it’s Shakespeare and Spears!” Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic director, Simon Godwin, said. 

The musical, to the stylings of Spears’s discography, will surround a book club of fairytale characters — such as Snow White and Cinderella — who find themselves changed after reading “a feminist manifesto.”


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Godwin said producer Susan Bristow came to him with the idea months ago. “She came to us and said, ‘Can I share this idea with you?’” Godwin said. “I was delighted that people were identifying us as a space that they want to work with. I said, ‘Yes, I am all in.”

“Some folks might think it is a jukebox musical, but it is not,” he added of the musical. “This is taking classical stories and refashioning them. I felt there was a promise of excellence.”

While not directly involved, Godwin told The Washington Post that Spears gave her blessing for the show, and he’s looking forward to see her reaction once it comes together.

“Once Upon a One More Time” will debut on Nov. 30 at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall and end Jan. 2, 2022. The hope is to bring the musical to the Nederlander-Organization Theater on Broadway once it has concluded its run in D.C.


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Published on May 29, 2021