Some like it shaken and on the rocks! Some Like It Hot creative team members Casey Nicholaw, Amber Ruffin, Marc Shaiman, and Scott Wittman welcomed special guests to a special pre-show cocktail hour November 18, after which the entire group headed to the Shubert Theatre to take in the new musical, opening December 11.
Among the evening's celebrity attendees were Dionne Warwick, Tony Danza, Zac Posen, Noma Dumezweni, Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz, Renée Fleming, Gina Gershon, Darren Star, Candace Bushnell, Maye Musk, Erich Bergen, Susie Essman, Amir Arison, Caroline Aaron, Dominic Fumusa, Celia Weston, and Jonathan Fernandez. See photos from the event—which also featured Shaiman at the piano for a special performance of the musical's title number—below.
Some Like It Hot began previews at Broadway's Sam S. Shubert Theatre November 1, and opening night is set for 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. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.
Leading the cast are 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.
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.
The production is dedicated to the memory of producer Craig Zadan.