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Sugar Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 1 2010

Great movies are hard to adapt into great, or even above-average, musicals. This 1972 effort based on Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy, Some Like it Hot--about a pair of male musicians who run afoul of gangsters and dress as women to save their skins--is no exception. Even though a smart, inventive director like Jim Corti has assembled a wonderful ensemble led by fine comic actors like Jennifer Knox, Alan Schmuckler, and Rod Thomas and mounted a well-paced production, it still feels like a poor substitute. It doesn't help that most of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's songs are so unremarkable--or that Peter Stone's strong, witty book makes the score look all the weaker even as it reminds us how terrific the movie is. --Jack Helbig

Price: $19-$68

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