Some might Pleases it’s hot, but Mariah Carey loves it Some like it hot.
The music superstar, 53, surprised Broadway fans on Friday when she took the stage at New York City’s Shubert Theater to applaud the cast of the musical, of which she is one of the producers.
“Wonderful, beautiful music. Amazing show. Just everything,” Carey said after exiting during the show’s curtain call.
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Carey’s surprise appearance came nearly two months after the 1959 MGM film adaptation premiered Dec. 11. The film stars Marilyn Monroe, who Carey has cited as a favorite of hers since her childhood.
“Some like it hot it has a very special meaning to me because I grew up loving Marilyn Monroe, because my mother was a huge fan of hers. And then I found out about her and got to know her and read Norman Mailer’s books, which were too much for a little girl to read,” Carey told the crowd. But I did it anyway, and here we are.
“I am so honored…to be able to say that I am a producer of this incredible, incredible show,” she continued. “Honestly, I’m at a loss for words. It’s wonderful. And I just want to congratulate everyone.”
Before leaving, Carey thanked the audience and wished them “an amazing rest of your life.”
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Carey’s stop on Friday night didn’t mark the first time the “We Belong Together” singer has been seen at the Shubert Theater.
The singer appears every night before the show in a video message for Some like it hot participants who asks them to be respectful of the rules of production.
“At this time, take a moment to turn off your cell phones and remember that the use of photographic equipment and recording devices is strictly prohibited,” Carey says in the clip.
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Carey first joined the musical’s production team in late November 2022. The show – set in Chicago “when Prohibition is thirsty for a little excitement” – follows two musicians who flee the city after witnessed a mob coup.
Some like it hot features a score by songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and stars Christian Borle (as Joe), J. Harrison Ghee (as Jerry), Adrianna Hicks (as Sugar), Kevin Del Aguila (as by Osgood), NaTasha Yvette Williams (as Sweet Sue), Adam Heller (as Mulligan), Mark Lotito (as Spats) and Angie Schworer (as Minnie). Matthew López adapted the film to stage alongside Amber Ruffin, with Casey Nicholaw atop directing and choreography.
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“I first learned of this story through the timeless film starring Marilyn Monroe. She has been an important touchstone throughout my life, so much so that I bought her treasured white baby grand piano at an auction” Carey previously said in a statement. “When [producer] Neil Meron shared this new take on the beloved film, I knew I had to be a part of it.”
“To see how this show continues to expand the legacy of film — pushing boundaries, fostering inclusion, celebrating diversity — I’m proud to help bring Some like it hot for today’s world to a new audience,” he continued.