The Production Company is set to sprinkle a little Sugar.
Based on the 1959 movie Some Like It Hot which was directed by Billy Wilder and starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, Sugar opens at The State Theatre, Arts Centre on September 29 for 6 performances.
Sugar features Helpmann Award® winners Mitchell Butel and Matt Hetherington in the comic dual roles of Jerry (Daphne) and Joe (Josephine) and Christie Whelan in the role of the sexy songstress, Sugar, plus the distinguished Dennis Olsen as Sir Osgood, Alan Brough, Melissa Langton and Peter Lowrey.
Theatre People readers will no doubt recognise a few names in the ensemble, particularly Scott Hili and Cameron Thomas, and of course Christie Whelan in the lead.
Chairman, Jeanne Pratt said today ‘This is one of the funniest musicals ever and The Production Company is giving Sugar its Australian professional premiere. I am delighted that we have so many distinguished stars in this new staging and I know that all genuine lovers of musicals will be thrilled with this show.’
Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of SA, Adam Cook returns to The Production Company to direct this production, Chris Horsey is choreographer and George Ellis is musical director.
Sugar opened on Broadway in 1972 and ran for 505 performances. The New York Post’s Richard Watts said: ‘Sugar was worth waiting for. An exceptionally funny show, brilliant and delightful.’
Sugar is the story of two unemployed musicians, bass player Jerry and saxophone player Joe, who witness a mob hit in downtown Chicago. To escape the gangsters and henchmen, they flee to Florida in an all female band disguised as women.
Complications arise when Joe, now known as Josephine, falls in love with beautiful band singer Sugar Kane, who has a slight drinking problem that tends to interfere with her ability to choose a romantic partner wisely. More than anything, Sugar wants to marry a millionaire, prompting Joe to disguise himself as the man of her dreams.
Jule Styne and Bob Merrill created the music and lyrics for Sugar. Their other credits include the Broadway classics Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Peter Pan, Bells Are Ringing, Gypsy and Funny Girl.
Styne’s hit songs include Three Coins in the Fountain and The Party’s Over while one of Bob Merrill’s first major hits was the 1950 novelty song If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake. His two most famous songs were How Much is That Doggie in the Window, a huge hit for Patti Page and Mambo Italiano, recorded by Rosemary Clooney.
In 2000, the American Film Institute listed Some Like It Hot as the greatest American comedy film of all time.
Here is the complete cast list:
Sir Osgood Fielding