The classic film is on its way to becoming a new musical.
If your interests lie at the intersection of classic movies and new musicals (hello, welcome, nice to meet you), you’ll be excited about this news. Some Like it Hot, the 1959 comedy directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is destined for Broadway.
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the Tony Award-winning team who brought us the musical Hairspray—as well as many of the yes-we’re-still-humming-them original songs from the gone-too-soon NBC television show Smash—will compose the score for this new musical. Matthew Lopez (The Inheritance) is set to pen the book, and Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Mean Girls) will direct. The Shubert Organization helms the production in a deal with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
If you haven’t yet seen the 1959 film, it begins in Prohibition-era Chicago and follows two musicians (Curtis and Lemmon) who witness a crime and then, to escape repercussions from the mafia, dress up as women and join an all-female musical group, which includes singer Sugar Kane (Monroe). As the two men flee Chicago with the band and set their sights on Florida, the plot unfolds with comedic twists and turns aplenty.
While the film was previously adapted into a 1972 stage production by Wilder and Jule Styne, the musical in development isn’t a revival and instead will be a new adaptation. We’ll have to wait a while to buy our tickets, as it’s slated to premiere in 2020, but one thing is for sure: Our toes are tapping already.
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What other classic movies would you like to see bound for Broadway?