The Shubert Organization along with stage and screen producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Jesus Christ Superstar Live) announced today that they have acquired the coveted rights to adapt Some Like It Hot as an all-new musical for the stage from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios. Some Like It Hot is scheduled to premiere on Broadway in 2020.
The new musical's score is by Hairspray Tony Award-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman (music and lyrics) and Scott Wittman (lyrics). The book is by playwright Matthew Lopez, whose two-part epic The Inheritance, which deals with gay life in the aftermath of the AIDS crisis, recently opened to rave reviews at London's Young Vic. Some Like It Hot will be directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (Mean Girls).
The 1959 Billy Wilder comedy Some Like it Hot follows two musicians who witness a mob-connected murder and flee town, disguising themselves as women in an all-female band. The work is the first show to be produced under the previously announced development and production deal between the Shubert Organization and Zadan and Meron. They also welcome Roy Furman, Robert Greenblatt, and the Nederlander Organization to the producing team.