Mariah Carey will join the production team of Some Like it Hot, The new musical was announced on Monday.
This is Broadway’s first credit to Carey, who joined the production as a co-producer. Carey said she was attracted to the musical, an adaptation of the 1959 film starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, because of her love for the actress.
“I first learned about this story through the timeless movie starring Marilyn Monroe. Carey said: “She was such an important rock in my life that I bought her precious white grand piano at an auction. “When Neil Meron shared a new idea for this beloved movie, I knew I had to be in. To see how this program continues to expand on the film’s legacy — pushing boundaries, promoting inclusion, celebrating diversity — I’m proud to help bring Some like it hot for today’s world with a new audience.”
Some like it hot there is a book by Matthew López and Amber Ruffin, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw. The company is led by Christian Borle as Joe, J. Harrison Ghee as Jerry, Adrianna Hicks as Sugar, Kevin Del Aguila as Osgood, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Sweet Sue, Adam Heller as Mulligan, Mark Lotito in as Spats and Angie Schworer as Minnie.
The musical, about two musicians forced to flee Chicago after witnessing a mob attack, is currently in preview and opens December 11 at the Shubert Theatre.
Carey is the latest big name to join a Broadway musical as a co-producer, following Jennifer Hudson’s EGOT win for her production credits on the show. A strange loop, also featured producers RuPaul Charles, Don Cheadle, Frank Marshall, Alan Cumming, Ilana Glazer, Mindy Kaling and Billy Porter.
Above Some like it hot, Carey joined producers The Shubert Organization and Meron. Her co-producers include MGM on Stage, Roy Furman, Robert Greenblatt, James L. Nederlander, Kenny Leon, Hunter Arnold, The John Gore Foundation, The Dalgleish Library Company Group, Sheboygan Conservatory Partners, Ambassador Theater Group Productions, Bob Boyett, Cue to Cue Productions, Janet and Marvin Rosen, The Araca Group, Concord Theatricals, Marc Howard, Independent Presenters Network, Juanita Jordan, Jujamcyn Theaters, Henry R. Muñoz III and Ostar. DS Moynihan is the executive producer.