After making her Broadway debut last year as one of the producers of the musical adaptation of Some Like It Hot, Mariah Carey is a first-time Tony Award nominee. The production is up for Best Musical and swept the Tony Awards nominations, which was announced today (May 2).
Citing her love for Marilyn Monroe, who was one of the stars of the original 1959 film, Carey signed on to Some Like It Hot’s production team ahead of its official opening last fall. “I first became familiar with this story through the timeless film starring Marilyn Monroe. She’s been an important touchstone throughout my life, so much so that I acquired her treasured baby grand white piano at an auction,” Carey shared in a statement at the time, per ET.
The 54-year-old singer added, “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 on the film’s legacy – pushing boundaries, promoting inclusion, celebrating diversity – I’m proud to help bring Some Like It Hot for today’s world to new audiences.”
Sixty years after the film’s initial release, writer Amber Ruffin shared her reason for getting involved in the play. She told the publication, “I really wanted to see how far we can push things there. I, also, am eager to learn Broadway, and the difference between Broadway and regular stage [shows] and, you know, the type of stuff I do and where the overlap is. It’s just really exciting.”
The 76th annual Tony Awards will be hosted by Ariana DeBose at New York’s United Palace Theatre. The ceremony will take place live, Sunday, June 11, starting at 7 p.m. ET on Paramount+ before continuing on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.