Britney Spears hits Broadway in new third-wave feminism musical

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The songs of Britney Spears are set to appear in a new Broadway musical

Cinderella, feminism and Britney Spears? A new Broadway musical is bringing out the big guns

The pop classics of Britney Spears are set to hit the stage in a new Broadway musical.

Once Upon a One More Time will use Spears’ repertoire to present a feminist slant on traditional Grimms’ fairy tales.  

The musical comedy will offer “a revisionist look at some legendary characters”, according to the New York Times

“Cinderella is having an existential crisis, and she has a posse of famous princesses, and her stepmother is the main antagonist,” writer Jon Hartmere tells the paper. 

“These women have been in this hermetically sealed world, and then they start to get deeper into modern ideas — second and third-wave feminism — and also explore how stories are passed down to us.”

Spears, who recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut album Baby One More Time, is delighted to be involved in the project. 

“I’m so excited to have a musical with my songs – especially one that takes place in such a magical world filled with characters that I grew up on, who I love and adore,” she says. “This is a dream come true for me!”

The singer has already attended readings for the musical, which is set to open at the James M. Nederlander Theater in Chicago in October, before transferring to Broadway. 

Hollywood has sought to give its Disney princesses a feminist upgrade in recent years, so this concept is bang on-trend. 

Add a little Toxic or Crazy into the mix, and you have a recipe for genius. Bring on the opening night, we say…

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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.