A new musical adaptation of “Some Like It Hot,” a classic cross-dressing comedy that is being recalibrated for contemporary audiences, will air in November and open on Broadway in December, the show’s producers said Wednesday.
In the musical, Christian Borle (a two-time Tony winner for “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Something Rotten!”) and J. Harrison Ghee (“Kinky Boots”) will star as two musicians who flee the crowd after witnessing of a massacre in the gangs. , and Adrianna Hicks (“Six”) as the singer they befriend. In the critically acclaimed 1959 film, those roles were played by Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe.
First announced four years ago, the production faced challenges on its way to Broadway: One of the original producers, Craig Zadan, died; the pandemic led to the cancellation of a pre-Broadway run in Chicago; and the whole question of how jokes about men dressing while women work is becoming increasingly controversial.
“It’s a complicated picture, ahead of its time in some ways, chillingly dated in others,” AO Scott, a general critic and co-chief film critic for DailyExpertNews, wrote in 2020.
Matthew López, the Tony-winning author of “The Inheritance,” and Amber Ruffin, the writer and talk show host, must re-imagine the story, which is still set in Prohibition-era Chicago. The songs are by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who previously wrote the Tony-winning score for “Hairspray”.
Casey Nicholaw, the Tony-winning director of “The Book of Mormon,” will direct and choreograph.
“Some Like It Hot” is produced by the Shubert Organization and Neil Meron, along with MGM on Stage, Roy Furman, Robert Greenblatt, James L. Nederlander and Kenny Leon. The musical will be capitalized for up to $17.5 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The show is scheduled to begin performances on November 1 and open at the Shubert Theater on December 11.