Music Circus’ “Sugar” is a sweet treat

Jason Graae (Jerry/Daphne) and Elizabeth Stanley (Sugar Kane) in the musical "Sugar," based on the film “Some Like It Hot,” produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through July 28, 2013. Photo by Charr Crail.

Jason Graae (Jerry/Daphne) and Elizabeth Stanley (Sugar Kane) in the musical “Sugar,” based on the film “Some Like It Hot,” produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through July 28, 2013. Photo by Charr Crail.

I learned something about myself last night: I could watch tap dancing gangsters all night long. This realization came during the incredibly funny and thoroughly enjoyable Music Circus rendition of Sugar (a musical based on the Jack Lemmon/Tony Curtis/Marilyn Monroe flick Some Like It Hot), which opened last night at Wells Fargo Pavilion and continues through this Sunday, July 28.

In addition to the talented, tap dancing gangsters mentioned above (and pictured below), Sugar brings cross dressing musicians, sultry women, and naughty old men together for a riotous romp on the Music Circus stage.

Brad Bradley (Spats Palazzo) and the ensemble in the musical Sugar, based on the film “Some Like It Hot,” produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through July 28, 2013. Photo by Charr Crail.

Brad Bradley (Spats Palazzo) and the ensemble in the musical Sugar, based on the film “Some Like It Hot,” produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through July 28, 2013. Photo by Charr Crail.

Set in 1929, the story follows two jobless musicians who, after witnessing a mob crime, must flee for their lives by disguising themselves as women and joining up with a traveling girls’ band for their journey from Chicago to Miami. As one can imagine, hilarious antics ensue, especially when the alluring Sugar Kane, lead singer of the band, comes onto the scene — drawing very male reactions from two supposedly female band members.

Grab some popcorn or a glass of wine from the concession stand (treats are allowed in the theatre), and sit back, relax, and transport back to the days when women were women, and men were women too.

Brent Barrett (Joe/Josephine) and Jason Graae (Jerry/Daphne) in the musical "Sugar," based on the film “Some Like It Hot,” produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through July 28, 2013. Photo by Charr Crail.

Brent Barrett (Joe/Josephine) and Jason Graae (Jerry/Daphne) in the musical “Sugar,” based on the film “Some Like It Hot,” produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through July 28, 2013. Photo by Charr Crail.

Sugar continues through July 28, and tickets start at $30 for all shows and are available online or by calling the box office at (916) 557-1999. Remaining showtimes include: Wed 7:30pm; Thurs 2pm & 8pm; Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 7:30pm.

Coming up in the Music Circus season are The King and I (Aug 6-Aug 11) and Chicago (Aug 20-Aug 29).

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