Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot, directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, and Joey Brown, is considered by many to be the best comedic film ever made. It was nominated for six Academy Awards in 1959, and adapted into a musical, called Sugar, in 1972. Now, it has been reconceived, with a new book and choreography, into a musical under the original title, with it's only surviving star, Tony Curtis, in a new role.
To be sure, the septuagenarian Curtis was brought in to sell tickets, and while his singing and dancing skills are limited, and show-slowing to be honest, his nostalgic contribution and type-cast lasciviousness is harmless and, at times, endearing. Certainly, the geriatric set was enthralled.
Timothy Gulan as Jerry and Arthur Hanket as Joe, musicians on the run from the mob, do an admirable job with the material. Gulan's transformation from reluctant female impersonator to Curtis' love interest is charming, and Hanket's ardor at wooing Jodi Carmeli's Sugar is bittersweet. Carmeli, a talented singer and actress is confined to a Monroe impersonation, though an artful one at that.
Jule Styne's early '70's Broadway score vacillates between refreshing and punchless, while the choreography, particularly the "gangsta tap" sequences, is inspired, yet inexplicably absent for half the second act.
Some Like It Hot is an adaptation that, given another reconception, could be promising. It runs at the Buell through November 17th. 303-893-4100.