Britney Spears musical Broadway, ‘Once Upon a One More Time’.

The music of Britney Spears will be the focus of a new Broadway musical.

Once Upon a One More Time will utilise the singer’s back catalogue of hits to tell the story of a book club attended by fairytale princesses. A “rogue fairy godmother”, however, causes the women to question the very notion of happily ever after.

According to The New York Times, it will premiere in Chicago later this year, before transferring to Broadway in 2020.

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“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,” said Spears. “This is a dream come true for me!”

It will feature a book from Jon Hartmere, who wrote the Kevin Hart comedy The Upside.

He said of the show: “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, and where we get our norms from. But it’s also super fun and funny.”

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The show will reportedly feature 23 songs, including some more obscure offerings. Spears herself is said to have attended one of the readings, ahead of developmental workshops commencing next month.

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It’s expected to fill the vacancy left by the recently cancelled Michael Jackson musical, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, which was also expected to premiere in Chicago before a move to Broadway.

A spokesperson said the cancellation was not caused by the TV broadcast of Leaving Neverland, the documentary which alleges that Jackson sexually abused two boys, but by “scheduling difficulties” caused by a labour dispute.

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