Things get hot at Music Circus

Brent Barrett (Joe/Josephine), Elizabeth Stanley (Sugar Kane) and Jason Graae (Jerry/Daphne) in the musical Sugar, based on the screenplay “Some Like It Hot,” produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion July 23 -28. Photo by Charr Crail

“Sugar,” a hilarious Tony-nominated musical comedy based on the classic film “Some Like It Hot,” is the next show in the 2013 Music Circus season, at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. July 23-28.

Like the 1959 film starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, Sugar follows the hysterical antics of two male musicians, disguised as women in an all-female band, as they experience a series of mishaps while fleeing from the mob. The brassy score is by Jule Styne (music) and Bob Merrill (lyrics), composers of the hit musical “Funny Girl.”

In this musical comedy version of the film “Some Like It Hot” Jerry (Daphne) will be played by Jason Graae, a Broadway and Music Circus veteran who returns after performing in past Music Circus hits including “Anything Goes” and last summer’s “The Music Man.” Joining in on his comical antics as Joe (Josephine) will be Brent Barrett, who has appeared in a number of Broadway shows including “Chicago” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Stage and screen actor Elizabeth Stanley, the original Allison in “Cry-Baby” on Broadway, will play Sugar Kane.

Back after over a dozen Music Circus productions will be Lenny Wolpe, this time portraying the role of Osgood Fielding, Jr. Brad Bradley, who performed in “Spamalot” and “Billy Elliot” on Broadway, will play Spats Palazzo. Playing the role of Bienstock will be Ray DeMattis, a stage director and actor whose Broadway credits include “Little Shop of Horrors” and “City of Angels.” Sweet Sue will be played by Alix Korey, who was in last season’s acclaimed Music Circus production of “Crazy for You.”

Director for this production of Sugar is Glenn Casale, choreographer is John MacInnis and music director is Dennis Castellano. This will be the third Music Circus production of the show. It was previously done in 1975 and 1981.

Music Circus is produced under the leadership of California Musical Theatre Artistic Director Glenn Casale and Executive Producer Scott Klier. California Musical Theatre President and CEO is Richard Lewis.

Tickets range from $30 to $74 and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at Tickets.com or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Evening performances are Tuesday, July 23, Wednesday, July 24, and Sunday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, July 25, Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27, at 8 p.m. Matinee performances are Thursday, July 25 and Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. For more information visit SacramentoMusicCircus.com.

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