Mariah Carey made her Broadway debut this week. Type of.
Just before the lights dimmed for the opening night of the musical Some Like It Hot at the Shubert Theater in New York City on Sunday, a recording of Carey’s voice played to reassure the audience.
“Welcome to the Shubert Theater,” Carey said in video captured by a viewer who shared his undercover shot with People. Her voice elicited cheers, laughter and applause.
“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,” she continued.
After the disclaimer, Carey announced the show, “Now ‘Some Like It Hot’.”
Carey, who has yet to appear on a Broadway stage, joined the musical, based on the 1959 film of the same name, as a producer last month.
“When Neil Meron shared this new take on the beloved film,” Carey said, according to Deadline, “I knew I had to be a part of it. To see how this show continues to build on the legacy of film – pushing boundaries, promoting inclusion, celebrating diversity – I’m proud to help bring ‘Some Like It Hot’ to new audiences for today’s world.”
Carey brought champagne to the cast to mark the musical’s opening night, People reported. And a host of celebrities had come to the start, including Bette Midler, Debra Messing, Uma Thurman, Martin Short, John Stamos, Billy Eichner and Emily Mortimer.
The show plans to use Carey’s voiceover throughout its run at the Shubert, the production team confirmed to Playbill.
The musical shares the same premise as the 1959 film, written and directed by Billy Wilder. It focuses on jazz-age musicians struggling through Prohibition in the 1920s.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-12-15/mariah-carey-some-like-it-hot-broadway-debut Mariah Carey greets audience at Broadway’s ‘Some Like It Hot’