Based on the film Some Like It Hot, SUGAR follows the zany antics of two male musicians of the Prohibition era who witness a gang slaying. Hoping to hide from the mob, Jerry and Joe disguise themselves as “Daphne” and “Josephine” and join an all-female orchestra. Complications ensue when Joe falls for Sugar Kane, the group’s lead singer.

Memorable musical numbers include “Penniless Bums,” “The Beauty That Drives Men Mad,” “We Could Be Close,” “What Do You Give (To a Man Who Has Everything?),” and “Beautiful Through and Through.”

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  • From the hilarious screen success Some Like It Hot, SUGAR comes to the stage with the same memorable characters that made the screenplay so popular. Joe and Jerry, two musicians down on their luck while wandering through Chicago, by chance witness a gang rub-out in the Clark Street Garage. The rub-out was ordered by Spats Palazzo, a notorious Chicago hood. Spats and his boys immediately chase after Joe and Jerry, determined to silence them as witnesses to the crime. Desperate for a quick way out of town, Joe and Jerry hear about jobs available for a saxophone and a bass player, which are their specialties. And coincidentally, the band is scheduled to leave at once for Florida. There is only one problem; the band is all female. As Joe and Jerry they haven’t got a chance, but with a bit of costuming, padding, makeup and slight voice adjustments, they become Josephine and Daphne. They are hired by “Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators.”

    Joe (Josephine) and Jerry (Daphne) find themselves getting well acquainted with Sugar, the gorgeous blonde who is the featured singer with the band. As difficult as it is for them not to reveal their secret to Sugar, they know that one slip could lead Spats Palazzo to them. Moreover, if Mr. Bienstock, the show’s manager, discovers their true identities, they could be in an even worse spot. Mr. Bienstock had already warned the “girls” that he would not tolerate drinking or men on the train between shows. Joe and Jerry are definitely in a jam, but it looks as though Sugar’s company is going to make it an enjoyable, if risky, experience.

    It turns out that Sugar has a drinking problem which she keeps secret from Mr. Bienstock. As she explains it, she drinks to forget about the countless saxophone players she has fallen in love with, and who have left her. This is quite interesting to Josephine, whose interest in Sugar is becoming more than sisterly.

    Sugar confides to Josephine and Daphne that she plans to find a millionaire in Florida and get married. She even tells them what he will look like. Hearing this, Joe develops a plan; he convinces Jerry that they need to look after Sugar, so they need to stay with the band in Florida until they find a suitable millionaire for her. What Jerry does not know is that Joe has already chosen Sugar’s match. By disguising himself as her “dream-man,” Joe is confident that he can win her heart. After she falls in love with him, he plans to tell her the truth about himself.

    While Joe is busy impressing Sugar with his newfound wealth, Jerry (alias Daphne) has attracted her own millionaire. Sir Osgood Fielding is determined to woo and win Daphne. She is not quite certain how to break the bad news to him, especially since he showers her with lavish gifts.

    With the unwitting help of Sir Osgood, Joe makes a big impression on Sugar. Now Joe only needs to tell her the truth about his identity, since he thinks that if she really loves him it won’t matter that he is not a millionaire, but another saxophone player. Unfortunately, before he gets the opportunity to tell her, Spats Palazzo and his gang arrive in town and recognize Josephine and Daphne in the band. The chase is on. Eventually the villains get what they deserve, and the lovers are reunited.


    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 for the Broadway Stage
    by Gower Champion

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  • Full Orchestration

    3 Violins
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone (Optional: Alto Flute & Soprano Saxophone)
    1 Reed II: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone (Optional: Soprano Saxophone)
    1 Reed III: Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone (Optional: Oboe & English Horn)
    1 Reed IV: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone & Baritone Sax (Optional: Bassoon)

    1 Horn
    2 Trumpets I & II (Trumpet I optional double: Flugelhorn)
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II (with Bass Trombone attachment)

    2 Percussion I & II:

    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    Bass Drum
    Wood Block
    Cow Bell
    Cymbals: 2 Suspended

    Timpani (2 Drums)
    Xylophone (Soft & Hard Mallets)
    Wood Block
    Gong (Low)
    Bell Plate
    Machine Gun Sound

    1 Harp
    1 Guitar-Banjo

    Piano-Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

    Note: All Stage Band music is cued in the pit orchestra parts.

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • Sweet Sue
    Sugar Kane
    Joe (Josephine)
    Jerry (Daphne)
    Musicians Contractor
    Spats Palazzo
    First Hood
    Knuckles Norton
    Second Hood
    Train Announcer
    Cab Driver
    Mary Lou
    Train Conductor
    Sir Osgood Fielding
    First Henchman
    The Girls in the Band, Garage Mechanic, Gangsters, Photographers, Newsreelmen & Millionaires

  • SUGAR played for 505 performances on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre starring Robert Morse, Tony Roberts and Elaine Joyce.

  • Act I

    1. Overture – Orchestra
    2. Chicago Opening: “When You Meet A Girl In Chicago” – Sugar & Girls
    3. “Turn Back The Clock” – Girls
    4. Penniless Bums” – Joe, Jerry, & Musicians
    5. Scene Change to Garage – Orchestra
    6. Gangster Silhouette – Orchestra
    7. “Tear The Town Apart” – Spats & Men
    8. Scene Change: Chase to Station – Orchestra
    9. “The Beauty That Drives Men Mad” – Joe, Jerry, & Chorus
    10. Train Sequence – Orchestra
    11. Undress Music – Orchestra
    12. “We Could Be Close” – Sugar, Jerry
    13. Train Party – Orchestra
    14. “Sun On My Face” – Jerry, Joe, Sue, Bienstock, Sugar, & Girls
    15. Scene Change: Miami World – Orchestra
    16. “November Song” – Osgood & Men
    17. “Doin’ It For Sugar” – Joe & Jerry

    Act II

    18. Entr’acte – Orchestra
    19. “Shell Oil” – Joe
    20. “Hey, Why Not” – Sugar & Men
    21. Reprise: “Doin’ It For Sugar” – Joe
    22. “Beautiful Through and Through” – Jerry & Osgood
    23. Scene Change – Orchestra
    24. “What Do You Give To A Man who’s Had Everything” – Joe & Sugar
    25. Reprise: “Beautiful Through and Through” – Jerry & Osgood
    26. “Magic Nights” – Jerry
    27. “It’s Always Love” – Joe
    28. Reprise: “When You Meet A Man In Chicago” – Sue, Sugar, Jerry, Joe, & Chorus
    29. Scene Change: Nobody’s Yacht – Orchestra
    30. Finale – Orchestra
    31. Bows – Orchestra
    32. Exit – Orchestra

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