I have some huge – HUGE! – news for all you Marilyn fans out there! On 29th July 2016, a brand new musical will be premiered at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, which celebrates the life and times of our favourite lady. Created and directed by Tegan Summer, the musical boasts a variety of wonderful actors and actresses, including Kelley Jakle (Pitch Perfect) as Marilyn and Kelley Dorney (All For Love) as Norma Jeane.
As well as that, it gives me great pleasure to tell you that I’m also a character in the musical! I will be played by Samantha Stewart (Days of our Lives), and it is my character that kicks off the story. To say I am pleased and honoured to be “in” the play, would be an understatement!
As well as being a character, I have also been very much involved behind-the-scenes too. Tegan and I have had many late-night talks about the story, and I’m thrilled that I have been included so much during his research and writing. In recent weeks I have read the full script, heard all of the songs and seen photos and footage from rehearsals. I can tell you that from what I’ve seen, this show is going to be THE Marilyn musical! There is no scandal; no gossip; no dumb-blonde persona… Just pure celebration of a beautiful, talented, under-estimated and complicated woman.
At the beginning of the night there will be a selection of Marilyn outfits on display, courtesy of Greg Schreiner, as well as fifties music playing in the foyer. Then a short tribute film will be shown, before the musical begins. The show is playing for one night at the moment, but I have lots of confidence that it will have a big future. I’m crossing my fingers that it comes over to the UK and will keep you posted of all further developments!
I hope to bring you more information and photographs from rehearsals over the coming weeks. Until then, please head over to the following website, to book your tickets. You won’t want to miss out!