Some Like It Hot

Previewed 2 March 1992, Opened 19 March 1992, Closed 20 June 1992 at the Prince Edward Theatre

The Jule Styne and Bob Merrill musical Some Like It Hot in London starring Tommy Steele - based on the classic film

A musical comedy about two musicians, Joe and Jerry, who inadvertently witness a mob hit in Chicago and then have to run for their lives. But the only way out of town is to join an all-female band heading for Miami!

The cast features Tommy Steele as 'Joe/Josephine' with Billy Boyle as 'Jerry/Daphne', Royce Mills as 'Osgood Fielding Jr' and Mandy Perryment as 'Sugar Kane'. Directed by Tommy Steele with choreography by Norman Maen and designs by Terry Parsons.

Adapted from the 1959 Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond film, based on the story by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan, that starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. This all new stage musical comedy has book by Peter Stone with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill. It premiered on Broadway under the title Sugar in 1972 where it run for 15 months.

"Well, yes, some may like it hot; but this show seems better suited to those who prefer it lukewarm. Billy Wilder's original movie had a bright, quick wit that lifted its transvestite drolleries way above pantomime level. But that spark is all but snuffed out by its transformation into a conventional musical, complete with lavish sets and stage effects, brash yet anodyne melodies, jaunty production numbers and, not least, Tommy Steele's celebrated teeth... But where is the show's originality, where is the flair? Not in the brass and percussion of Jule Styne's samey music, nor in Bob Merrill's lyrics, which are momentarily up and jumping in the cynical 'It's Always Love', but never quite run off the cramp in their leg muscles. Not in Steele's production, which opts for the formulaic, whether the setting is a speakeasy, a train-station or a hotel like a primrose chateau. Not, alas, in Steele's own performance. His Joe is essentially the same boy-next-door all his Joes and Johns have been since Half a Sixpence in 1963." The Times

"It would seem churlish to carp at a 2 million show that has a massive 1.5 million advance at the West End box office. People have clearly come to see a Tommy Steele show rather than a misguided musical version of the classic Billy Wilder comedy... I can only conclude, however, that some like it lukewarm. For this production, directed by and starring Steele is a gaudy and mediocre travesty of an immortal movie comedy. It isn't even redeemed by good songs, since the Funny Girl and Gypsy team of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill obviously had a lacklustre day when they worked on this. Peter Stone's book ploddingly retells the story of how two jazz musicians flee from gangsters at a St Valentine's Day massacre and are forced into drag, to join an all-girl band. The delicious wit and exuberant satire of the original are largely lost in this musical massacre. Mandy Perryment gives a very fuzzy impersonation of Marilyn Monroe without the magic vulnerability that makes you care. As for her two leading men, Tommy Steele and Billy Boyle never even approach the foothills of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon's magnificent twin peaks." The Daily Express

Some Like It Hot in London at the Prince Edward Theatre previewed from 2 March 1992, opened on 19 March 1992 and closed on 20 June 1992