'Some Like It Hot' to Hit Broadway in Fall 2021

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Marilyn Monroe in 1959's 'Some Like It Hot'

The new adaptation of the iconic Marilyn Monroe film is headed to the Great White Way more than 60 years after the movie's theatrical release.

The musical adaptation of Some Like It Hot originally scheduled for 2020 is now headed to Broadway in fall 2021.

The show — based on Billy Wilder's beloved 1959 comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis — will feature an original score by the Hairspray team of composer Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Wittman. The book is by playwright Matthew Lopez, who made his Broadway debut during the 2019-20 season with The Inheritance.

Some Like It Hot's stage adaptation will be produced by The Shubert Organization and Neil Meron, who acquired the rights to the iconic movie from MGM. Roy Furman, Robert Greenblatt and The Nederlander Organization will serve as co-producers.

The musical will be an all-new adaptation, unrelated to the 1972 show Sugar, which was produced by David Merrick and directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and a book by Peter Stone. That version starred Elaine Joyce, Robert Morse and Tony Roberts, respectively, in the roles played on screen by Monroe, Lemmon and Curtis.

The new incarnation of Some Like It Hot will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, whose Broadway hits have included The Book of Mormon, Aladdin and Mean Girls.

The previously announced pre-New York tryout engagement scheduled for spring 2021 in Chicago has been canceled, with the new musical adaptation now aiming to world-premiere directly on Broadway. 

Cast and theater as well as a previewing and opening schedule will be announced at a later date.

May 15, 2020, 9:00 a.m. This story was updated with new information on the producing team and postponed world premiere.