Adapted from the hilarious screen classic “Some Like It Hot,” Joe and Jerry, a pair of out-of-work musicians, happen to witness a gangland massacre in Chicago. The hoodlum Spate Palazzo looks set to arrange a similar festivity for them, so Joe and Jerry need to leave town, fast. There are jobs going for a bass and saxophone player in Florida—a perfect solution. The jobs are in an all-girl band—not so perfect. The boys are desperate. With the aid of some borrowed frocks, high heels, make-up and padding, “Josephine” and Daphne” join Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators. The new “girls” find themselves getting well acquainted with Sugar, the gorgeous blonde who is the featured singer with the band. Sugar tells Josephine and Daphne that she plans to find a millionaire in Florida and get married. She even tells them what he will look like. Joe convinces Jerry that they should stay with the band until they find a suitable millionaire for Sugar. What Jerry doesn’t know is that Joe has decided to masquerade as Sugar’s dream man and make her fall in love with him.
Book by Peter Stone, Based on the screenplay “Some Like It Hot” by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, Based on a story by Robert Thoeren, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Bob Merrill, Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick, Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion
Sugar Preview (Curtain Calls 2.4, November 2006)
“Sugar” was a musical that had not been performed in the twin cities area much before it was presented by the Community Players. As in the Billy Wilder classic movie “Some Like It Hot!”, men change into women’s wigs, shoes, and dresses to hide out from gangsters trying to kill them. The reviewer enjoyed this show and praised both the choreographer and the dancing of the cast. In addition to the dancing, many principal cast members, and the entire ensemble were complimented.