With the November 1 start of previews fast approaching, Some Like It Hot is officially in final technical rehearsals at Broadway's Sam S. Shubert Theatre. Opening night is December 11. 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.
The company—led by Christian Borle, J. Harrison Ghee, Adrianna Hicks, Kevin Del Aguila, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Adam Heller, and Mark Lotito—recently got a first look at the Broadway musical's set, and thanks to producer Neil Meron, you can watch the moment they saw designer Scott Pask's work for the first time. Watch below in Meron's Instagram post.
The cast also features Tia Altinay, TyNia René Brandon, Ian Campayno, DeMarius Copes, Casey Garvin, Devon Hadsell, Ashley Elizabeth Hale, Jenny Hill, K.J. Hippensteel, Abby Matsusaka, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Brian Thomas Martin, Amber Owens, Kayla Pecchioni, Richard Riaz Yoder, Angie Schworer, Charles South, Brendon Stimson, Raena White, and Julius Williams.
The Book of Mormon and Mean Girls' Casey Nicholaw is directing and choreographing, leading a creative team that includes scenic designer 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, dance and incidental music arranger Glen Kelly, and hair and skin consultant Cheryl Thomas. The production is cast by The Telsey Office's Bethany Knox, and Karen Moore is production stage manager. Juniper Street Productions is production manager, with 101 Productions, Ltd. serving as general manager.
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.