A new musical adaptation of the film classic Some Like It Hot is in the works with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who turned Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can into Broadway shows. They are also the music makers for Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns.
If you are keeping track of their careers (I am. These guys are old pals and hitmakers!) Shaiman and Wittman are no strangers to Marilyn Monroe/ singing, as they wrote those killer songs songs for Bombshell, the fictional Monroe bio-musical in the NBC series Smash. (Will we ever see another stage presentation of it, besides that one-night-only benefit?)
The 1959 Billy Wilder comedy was adapted for the stage before opening on Broadway in 1972 and earning four Tony nominations.
Some Like It Hot (inspired by the French film Fanfare of Love) is possibly the best and most famous drag film in herstory, next to La Cage Au Folles. Played to perfection by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are two guys who witness a mob hit and go into hiding by disguising themselves as members of an all-female band and become enamored with with the band’s singer and ukulele player, Sugar – Marilyn Monroe.
Shaiman noted on Facebook after the announcement was made yesterday,
“I am so happy that Scott & I can finally talk about this! We are having a great time creating a brand new musical of Some Like It Hot. Matthew Lopez and director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw, which is being produced by Craig Zadan & Neil Meron and The Shuberts.
I can’t share any info about how we all are approaching it, but if we do what we intend to, I believe it will earn it’s right to exist as the second – an alternate, if you will – musical of this film to be written. No one else can ever be Jule Styne & Bob Merrill, so we are heading in different (and exciting!) directions. And I can’t wait for you all to see our version of this classic story.“
You can see from this clip from Smash that Megan Hilty would make a great Sugar, right? I’m the first one to think of this, I’m sure. (To hear her singing, you can skip to the 2:00 mark)