Mariah Carey Makes Unexpected Broadway Debut in ‘Some Like It Hot’

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Former American Idol judge Mariah Carey made her Broadway debut this past weekend in an unexpected way. The star is a producer on the new musical Some Like It Hot, and she surprised audience members with a recorded message before the show.


Mariah Carey Makes Broadway Debut in Some Like It Hot

In November it was announced that Carey would be producing the new musical, based on the classic 1959 comedy film starring Marilyn Monroe. The show premiered Sunday night at the Shubert Theatre, and it featured a pre-show announcement from Carey.

People shared video of the audience listening to the recorded message, in which the singer tells them, “At this time, please take a moment to turn off your cell phones, and remember the use of photographic equipment and recording devices is strictly prohibited.”

The outlet shared that this was also the first time the musical’s cast heard the announcement. As they shared a toast before the show with champagne gifted from Carey, some of the actors reportedly pretended to faint, while others cheered.


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Carey Has Praised the New Musical

When Carey was announced as a producer on the Some Like It Hot musical, she shared her appreciation for star Marilyn Monroe, saying in a statement, “She’s been an important touchstone throughout my life, so much so that I acquired her treasured baby grand white piano at an auction.”

“When [producer] Neil Meron shared this new take on the beloved film, I knew I had to be a part of it,” Carey continued. “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.”


Carey’s announcement will reportedly play for every performance of the musical going forward. The show stars Christian Borle, J. Harrison Ghee, and Adrianna Hicks.

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