Update: “Some Like It Hot” director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw will appear as a cast member in his own musical at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre for performances March 24-26. Nicholaw will assume the role of gangster Spats Colombo — regularly played by Mark Lotito — as he did for the March 23 performance.
According to a representative for “Some Like It Hot,” a handful of company members were going to be out of the Thursday performance and “Casey is stepping into the role to ensure the show could go on.”
In the musical, the role of Spats commits a murder that the characters Joe and Jerry (played by Christian Borle and J. Harrison Ghee) accidentally witness. Spats wants the pair dead, triggering Joe and Jerry’s plan to disguise themselves as part of a women’s traveling band.
Nicholaw began his Broadway career as a performer, making his Main Stem debut in 1992’s “Crazy for You” — also at the Shubert.
It is expected that Nicholaw’s appearance in “Some Like It Hot” will be for this one weekend only. Until his appearance in the show, the veteran director’s most recent Broadway performing gig was as an original ensemble member in the 2002 musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
“Some Like It Hot” is produced by The Shubert Organization and Neil Meron.