IT'S 50 years since the classic movie "Some Like it Hot" starring Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe hit movie theatres.

Now the stage version of the hit movie ­— which remains a firm favourite to this day ­— will open in Bolton with Walmsley Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society celebrating another first by bringing the musical to the stage.

The film, which also starred Hollywood greats, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, remains a firm favourite and is billed as the "greatest comedy" ever made.

The screenplay was turned into a musical yet has never before been performed in the Bolton area.

A spokesman for the theatre company said: "This sizzling comedy musical premiered in 1972 renamed as ‘Sugar’ and features two unemployed musicians, bass player Jerry and saxophone player Joe, who inadvertently witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago.

"To escape the gangsters, they dress as women and join an all-female band about to leave town for an engagement at a Miami Beach hotel.

"Complications arise when Joe ­— as ‘Josephine’ ­— falls in love with beautiful band singer, Sugar, and Jerry ­— as ‘Daphne’ ­— finds himself pursued by wealthy and elderly ‘Sir Osgood Fielding’. Total chaos erupts when the gangsters descend upon the hotel and realize who ‘Josephine’ and ‘Daphne’ really are."

The production stars a cast of multi-award winning performance backed by a multi award winning production team including choreographer Lara Syddall, musical director Tim Powell and director Nora Howcroft.

The spokesman added: "Walmsley Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society are pulling out all the stops to give Bolton audiences a theatrical night to remember with this brilliant, mad-cap show with the added bonus of glorious songs by the classic Broadway tunesmiths Jules Styne and Bob Merrill.

"Starring as Joe and Jerry are Steve Benson and David Wilson with Adrienne Wormald as the love interest Sugar and Vicki Wilson as the waspish band leader Sweet Sue.

"In this formidable line-up of all-round actors will also be Mike Taylor as ‘Sir Osgood Fielding’, Andrew Turton as the Chicago gangster ‘Spats Palazzo’, David Witt as the hapless band manager ‘Bienstock’ and an award winning company any society would be proud of."

The brilliantly funny and up-lifting musical will be performed at Walmsley Parish Hall Theatre from Monday, April 29 through to Saturday, May 4 and tickets are available from the Box Office on 01204 305812 or via TicketSource,