Broadway's upcoming Some Like It Hot has announced their new "Streaming Speakeasy" fan club, where theatre fans can gain access to behind the scenes sneak peeks, interviews with the cast and creative team, and other exclusive content. Hosted by Stellar, the first livestream will feature an interview with the music team, including Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Stellar subscribers can register for the free August 31 event here.
Some Like It Hot will begin performances at Broadway's Shubert Theatre November 1, ahead of a December 11 opening night. Adapted from the 1959 film written and directed by Billy Wilder, the musical features a book by The Inheritance Tony winner Matthew López and Amber Ruffin and a score by Hairspray's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, with the former providing music and both contributing lyrics.
Inspired by the French film Fanfare of Love, Some Like It Hot follows two Prohibition-era jazz musicians in Chicago (played on screen by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon), who witness a mob hit and go into hiding by disguising themselves as members of an all-female band. Through their escape plot, the two become enamored with the band's singer and ukulele player, Sugar, played on screen by Marilyn Monroe. The film was previously adapted for the stage as the 1972 musical Sugar, with a score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill and a book by Peter Stone.
Ruffin’s involvement, as previously reported, signals a departure from the source material, resulting in a new take that the writer calls “honestly groundbreaking.” The character of Sugar has been reworked and is now a Black woman.
The company of Some Like It Hot will include Christian Borle as Joe/Josephine, J. Harrison Ghee as Jerry/Daphne, Adrianna Hicks as Sugar, Kevin Del Aguila as Osgood, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Sweet Sue, Adam Heller as Mulligan, and Mark Lotito as Spats. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
The Book of Mormon and Mean Girls' Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph, leading a creative team that includes scenic designer Scott Pask, costume designer Gregg Barnes, lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound designer Brian Ronan, hair and wig designer Josh Marquette, make-up designer Milagros Medina-Cerdiera, music supervisor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music director Darryl Archibald, orchestrators Charlie Rosen and Bryan Carter, and dance and incidental music arranger Glen Kelly. The production is cast by The Telsey Office.