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Some Like It Hot musical announces more details

The show will be based on the Billy Wilder movie

Ambert Ruffin
Ambert Ruffin
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Writer and TV personality Amber Ruffin has joined the creative team of the new musical Some Like It Hot, based on the 1959 Billy Wilder movie, which is now planning to arrive on Broadway in 2022.

Emmy nominee Ruffin will co-write the book with Matthew López (of The Inheritance fame). The show will feature a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (who penned Hairspray), with direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw (The Prom). Casting, dates, and Broadway venue are still to be announced.

Some Like It Hot follows two musicians who witness a mob-connected murder and flee town, disguising themselves as women in an all-female band. The original film had a cast including Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, and Tony Curtis.

The property had previously been adapted by Peter Stone, Jule Styne, and Bob Merrill as the 1972 Broadway musical Sugar.

Ruffin, a writer on Late Night With Seth Meyers, also hosts her own self-titled late night talk show on Peacock. Her theatre work includes contributions to a new book for The Wiz, which premiered at the Muny in 2018, as well as the musical parody King of Kong.

Plans for a UK run are unconfirmed, though as soon as we know, we'll definitely let you know.

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