Monday, May 20, 2024

Some Like It VERY Hot: Cool New Musical of Famed Movie Coming to Broadway This Fall


Sounds like a drag: “Some Like it Hot” is coming to Broadway this fall in a very cool production.

The book is by Matthew Lopez of “The Inheritance” and — get this — the marvelous Amber Ruffin. Christian Borle is one of the stars. The songs are by Marc Shaiman. Casey Nicholaw is directing.

The producing team includes the Shuberts, Jimmy Nederlander, Neil Meron, Kenny Leon, Roy Furman, and Bob Greenblatt. They’re like the all -stars of people who are loved on the Great White Way.

If this isn’t the 2024 Tony winner, I’d be very surprised.

The rest of the cast includes J. Harrison Ghee, Adrianna Hicks,Kevin Del Aguila, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Adam Heller, and Mark Lotito.

You know that “Some Like it Hot” was Billy Wilder’s very famous and hilarious 1959 movie starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe. Jack and Tony are being chased by gangsters after witnessing a mob murder. So they join an all girl jazz band in 1930s Chicago and dress as women — in drag — and fool the bad guys.

The movie is on every best of list for the 1950s and all time. It was nominated for six Oscars and won 1 for Best Costume Design-Black and White.

Back in 1972, super producer David Merrick tried a musical adaptation of “Some Like It Hot.” They called it “Sugar.” Tony Roberts and Robert Morse starred with Elaine Joyce, but the whole thing flopped even though it was directed by Gower Champion and Jule Styne songs. The new show is NOT connected to that one, which ran for only 505 performances.

This version has been looming for two years. It was supposed to preview in Chicago before the pandemic started, but then got stuck in all that madness. So this team is ready!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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