Magic Mike
Channing Tatum reveals that Magic Mike is making its way to Las Vegas for live showsWarner Bros.

It's safe to say that fans of the Magic Mike franchise are pretty excited now that star of the movies Channing Tatum has announced that he's bringing a live stage production, inspired by the films, to Las Vegas next year. And as if that wasn't enough, he did it with the help of several shirtless men and even more adorable puppies too.

Women took to Twitter to share their enthusiasm about the upcoming shows after the Hail, Caesar! actor took to his personal Instagram account to post Cosmopolitan's video which revealed the news. In the short video, he jokes how he was inspired to develop the live shows by Kevin Costner's character from Field Of Dreams when he was thinking about the idea of women having "the same options that men have had for centuries." One line in particular stuck with him he confesses; "Build it and they will come," and it looks like he's listening to that advice intently...

"We want to create a place for women that is their gentlemen's club, their Playboy club," Tatum explained in an accompanying interview, discussing his plans more in depth. "It shouldn't be sleazy. [You shouldn't feel] nervous to go there because you feel unsafe; we want to create the polar opposite of that." Don't worry Channing, judging by the reaction to the upcoming show on social media, some women are certainly not nervous to go...

Tatum will reportedly direct the show, alongside the film's choreographers Alison Faulk and Teresa Espinosa. While he's currently not set to appear in the show himself, he wouldn't rule out the possibility, stating: "If I'm ever in shape enough to do that again, I'll absolutely go out and have a fun night or two," he teased.

Loosely based on Tatum's early life, Steven Soderbergh's 2012 comedy drama told the story of a young stripper trying to make ends meet by working as a handyman by day. But by night, Mike makes easy money showcasing his dance skills and... getting his kit off, basically. Without the benefit of critical acclaim, both that instalment and the 2014 sequel – featuring almost the same cast – made a combined worldwide total of $289m (£199m). Against an initial combined budget of $21.7, it's safe to say that the franchise was a successful one.

As the announcement broke, a website centred around the upcoming production went live, urging women, and others who are interested in attending the shows, to share their opinions as to what they'd like to see on stage. The shows are scheduled to start in March 2017 and will be hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel. See Cosmopolitan's full video announcement below...

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