Fade in on some friends.... Tony Awards-nominated Some Like It Hot songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman headed to Marie's Crisis in NYC's West Village last Thursday. There, they regaled the crowd with a special sing-along of some of their most beloved tunes. The evening was particularly special for Shaiman and Wittman, who met at Marie's more than 45 years ago, then just fellow theatre fans looking to belt out some of the pair's most memorable songs. Marie's Crisis is a piano bar, where the pianist plays exclusively showtunes and bargoers are encouraged to sing along.
Joining Shaiman and Wittman for the June 1 get-together was Annie Golden, singing Hairspray's "Good Morning, Baltimore"; Shoshana Bean, singing Catch Me If You Can's "Fly, Fly Away"; and Shayna Steele, singing Some Like It Hot's "Ride Out the Storm." See highlights from those songs and more in the video above above.
Shaiman also sang “Some Like It Hot” from Some Like It Hot and also led a singalong of “Welcome To The 60s” from Hairspray, “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray, and “Let Me Be Your Star” from Smash.
Shaiman and Wittman, who won a 2003 Tony for their score to Hairspray, are nominated for 2023 Tony Awards for their work on Some Like It Hot, continuing its run at the Shubert Theatre. The musical is the most Tony nominated show of the season, with 13 nods, also including Best Musical and Best Orchestrations. The production opened December 11, 2022.
Adapted from the 1959 film written and directed by Billy Wilder, Some Like It Hot features a book by The Inheritance Tony winner Matthew López and Amber Ruffin and a score by Hairspray's Shaiman and Wittman, with the former providing music and both contributing lyrics. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs. Read reviews for the show here.
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.
Some Like It Hot stars 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. The Some Like It Hot ensemble includes Tia Altinay, TyNia René Brandon, DeMarius Copes, Casey Garvin, Devon Hadsell, Jenny Hill, K.J. Hippensteel, Abby Matsusaka, Jarvis B. Manning, Jr., Brian Martin, Amber Owens, Angie Schworer, Charles South, Brendon Stimson, Raena White, and Richard Riaz Yoder. Rounding out the company as swings are Ian Campayno, Ashley Elizabeth Hale, Kayla Pecchioni, and Julius Williams.
The production features additional material by Borle and Joe Farrell, music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music direction by Darryl Archibald, and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen and Bryan Carter, with vocal arrangements by Shaiman, dance and incidental music arrangements by Glen Kelly, and music coordination by Kristy Norter. The production is cast by The Telsey Office's Bethany Knox.
Tony Award winners will be named in a starry ceremony at Washington Heights' United Palace Theatre June 11. The Tony Awards: Act One, a 90-minute pre-show of live and exclusive content, will stream on Pluto TV beginning at 6:30 PM ET, with hosts and further details to be announced. The main awards ceremony will follow at 8 PM ET, hosted by West Side Story Oscar winner Ariana DeBose. The awards portion will broadcast live on CBS, and stream live (for premium-level subscribers) via Paramount+. All Paramount+ subscribers will have on demand access to the broadcast beginning June 12.