Some Like It Hot is so palpable it stops the show. Jerry (Tony nominee J. Harrison Ghee) — disguised as female jazz musician Daphne to outrun the mob after witnessing a hit — has just returned from a whirlwind trip to Mexico with millionaire Osgood Fielding III (Tony nominee Kevin Del Aguila).
But what is initially a ruse becomes the impetus for self-discovery.The 1959 film receives a Broadway recalibration with plenty of Prohibition-era jazz hot fun, including a standout performance by J.
Harrison Ghee. Jerry/Daphne reconnects with friend-on-the-run Joe (Tony nominee Christian Borle) and confides, “I don’t have the word for what I feel.
I just feel more like my self than I have in all my life.” The triumphant showstopper that follows, “You Coulda Knocked Me Over With a Feather,” is an awakening that every queer musical theater nerd has dreamt of, and Queerty has the first look:Queerty caught up with Ghee, who’s breaking ground as one of this season’s two Tony-nominated nonbinary actors (alongside Alex Newell, who appears in Shucked), to chat about the song’s meaning, and why it resonates beyond queer audiences. QUEERTY: Is there a similar moment from your life that aligns with Jerry/Daphne’s experience when they sing “You Coulda Knocked Me Over With a Feather”?GHEE: There was a conversation I had with my mother about expressing my identity.