SUGAR was performed at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 7pm.
Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Bob Merrill, Book by Peter Stone Based on the screenplay Some Like it Hot by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond.
In 1959 Lemmon, Curtis and Monroe lit up the silver screen in Billy Wilder’s classic film Some Like It Hot. Twelve years later, theatre creative giants Styne, Merrill and Stone transformed the property into a new musical titled SUGAR. Set in prohibition era Chicago and Miami, SUGAR tells the story of two unemployed musicians, Joe and Jerry, who after witnessing a mob murder, go undercover as women and join an all-female band. Complications ensue when Joe (now Josephine) falls for the beautiful band singer, Sugar Kane.
Produced by David Merrick and directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, SUGAR premiered in 1972 starring Robert Morse, Tony Roberts, Elaine Joyce and Cyril Richard. It ran for 505 performances and was nominated for four Tony© Awards. In 2002 a revised version, under the title SOME LIKE IT HOT, was mounted as a national tour and featured the original film’s star, Tony Curtis.
Directed by Kirsten Chandler • Choreographed by Wendy Rosoff • Musical direction by Jan Roper • Production supervision by Eileen Barnett
Costumes by A. Jeffrey Schoenberg (AJS Costumes) • Hair and Makeup by Byron Batista
SUGAR: Melissa Fahn … JERRY: Matthew Patrick Davis … JOE: Zachary Ford … OSGOOD: James Gleason … SWEET SUE: Kelly Lester … BIENSTOCK: Glenn Rosenblum … KNUCKLES: Chuck Bergman … SPATS: Bryan Chesters
GANGSTERS: Eric B. Anthony, Amir Levi, Glenn Shiroma, Anthony Gruppuso … GAL BAND: Karlee Squires, Ann Villella, Dana Shaw, Caitlyn Faucher
LIVE ORCHESTRA: Jan Roper (piano), Jennifer Leitham (bass), Tina Raymond (drums), Anne King (trumpet), Ann Patterson (woodwind)
Robert Morse hangs out with us at rehearsal!
What a thrill for all of us! Tony award winner and star of MAD MEN, Robert Morse, came by MTG’s last rehearsal of SUGAR. He was in the original cast, playing Jerry, when it opened on Broadway in 1972. Here’s what he had to say after watching us hard at work.