Sugar Director Dyan McBride Talks About Making Some Like It Hot a Musical

Some Like It Hot is loved by many. The 1959 film is about two musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) who escape Chicago gangsters by cross-dressing and high-tailing it to Florida, where they get pursued, respectively, by Sugar Kane (Marilynn Monroe) and Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown).

While the movie was dubbed the greatest American comedy of all time by the American Film Institute, the musical that was based on it, Sugar, is decidedly lesser known despite having a score by the great Jule Styne, of Gypsy fame. Enter 42nd Street Moon, a company dedicated to such musicals, to remedy the situation in time for Sugar's 40th anniversary. The show began previews Wednesday and opens Saturday, starring Michael Kern Cassidy, Tony Panighetti, Riley Krull and Scott Hayes. We talked with Dyan McBride, director of the production, about Sugar's undeserved neglect and how Moon hopes to combat it.

What makes the Some Like It Hot story special?

It's a great script. It's tidy, it does what it needs to do, and it moves. It's got enough wackiness that you can stay with it, but it doesn't get so wacky that you get lost. And it's got such a powerful visual reveal when Joe and Jerry, the musicians, turn into women. It's a classic stage device and a humongous payoff.

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