Sugar Heads Back to Broadway

A new Broadway musical based on Some Like It Hot is in the works, Playbill reports.

“A new musical adaptation of the film classic Some Like It Hot is in the works, with a Broadway premiere slated for 2020. The project hails from the Shubert Organization and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team behind NBC’s roster of live musicals.

The show will feature a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, plus a book by playwright Matthew Lopez. Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph.

Shaiman and Wittman are no strangers to the Marilyn Monroe canon, having previously penned songs for Bombshell, the fictional Monroe bio-musical in the NBC series Smash. A real-life stage presentation of Bombshell, produced by Zadan and Meron, is long-gestating

The 1959 Billy Wilder comedy was previously adapted for the stage with Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, and Peter Stone’s Sugar, which opened on Broadway in 1972, going on to earn four Tony nominations and play over 500 performances.”

 

Bombshell: The Show Must Go On

Fans of TV’s nixed Smash may be interested to hear that Bombshell, the Marilyn-inspired musical at the heart of the show, may be getting a new lease of life.

“A subject of the series was a musical called Bombshell, about the life of Marilyn Monroe, and composer Marc Shaiman told The Hollywood Reporter that at least one charity has expressed interest in creating a concert based on the songs. ‘A concert could feature the cast and additional performers from Broadway. That would be a wonderful way for the show to live on,’ he said.”

A House of Mirrors Called ‘Smash’

Megan Hilty sings ‘Let’s Be Bad’ in “Smash”

NY Magazine takes an in-depth look at the making of Smash, the upcoming TV series about a theatre company’s attempt to stage a Broadway musical about Marilyn’s life:

‘“She stands for so many things that people in showbiz go through,” says songwriter Scott Wittman, “and she’s so iconic that you can just drop her into a situation and the audience will already know what’s going on. You don’t have to do a lot of explaining about who Joe DiMaggio or Arthur Miller are.” Marc Shaiman demurs: “I’m not sure that 15-year-old girls know who Arthur Miller is.”’