Producers the Shubert Organization, and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (whose musical credits include the recent “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”) have acquired the rights from MGM to the screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond.
Casey Nicholaw, whose current work on Broadway includes “The Book of Mormon,” “Aladdin,” and “Mean Girls,” will direct and choreograph “Some Like It Hot,” with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.”The Inheritance” playwright Matthew Lopez will adapt the screenplay for the stage.
The 1959 film centers on two musicians, played by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who must dress up as women in an all-female band after witnessing a mob-related murder. It was previously adapted as a Broadway musical in 1972, titled “Sugar,” with book by Peter Stone, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill. It was directed and choreographed by Gower Champion. Curtis starred in a revamped version, titled “Some Like It Hot: The Musical,” for a U.S. tour that started in 2002.
“’Some Like It Hot’ is one of the crown jewels of MGM’s library,” said Jonathan Glickman, the president of MGM’s Motion Picture Group and head of live stage theatrical productions. “Craig, Neil and the Shubert Organization have assembled a world class creative team and we can’t wait to see it on Broadway.”
Shaiman and Wittman previously earned Tony Awards for their work on “Hairspray” and also wrote the music for Disney’s upcoming film “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.