Marilyn: Forever Blonde - Leicester Square Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
MARILYN: Forever Blonde, The Marilyn Monroe Story in Her Own Words and Music receives its West End premiere at Leicester Square Theatre, where it runs from Tuesday, October 20 to Wednesday, November 18, 2009.
The acclaimed, award-winning, one-woman play stars award-winning actress and singer Sunny Thompson, whose portrayal of Monroe convincingly recreates the voice, singing style, bodily movement and the vulnerability of the legendary blonde.
Marilyn: Forever Blonde, The Marilyn Monroe Story in Her Own Words and Music takes place at a photo shoot just prior to Marilyn’s untimely death. She is 36 years old and while she’s still beautiful, she has lost some of the little girl charm that made her one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Divorced for the third time and now living alone, frustrated by Hollywood and tired of the label ‘sex symbol’, Marilyn longs to be respected for her talent and loved for who she really is rather than the character she has created for the silver screen. She wonders what it would be like to do it all over again…
Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend and My Heart Belongs to Daddy are just two of the 17 featured songs, written by songwriters such as Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.
Since its American premiere in 2007, Marilyn: Forever Blonde, The Marilyn Monroe Story in Her Own Words and Music has won 12 US theatre awards, including the Lee Hartgrave Award for Best Actress in a Play, the Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Road Show 2008-2009, along with others for Best Costumes, Best Set, Best Lighting, and Best Theatrical Event of the Season in Dayton, Ohio.
Presented by ScotCan Productions in association with Lipstick Productions and written and produced by Greg Thompson, Marilyn: Forever Blonde, The Marilyn Monroe Story in Her Own Words and Music is directed by Stephanie Shine, whose recent credits include an all-male Taming of the Shrew, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Comedy of Errrors.
Prior to its West End run, the production will receive its European premiere in Berlin before touring to Brighton (September 25 to 27), Manchester (October 1and 2), Glasgow (October 8 to 10) and Whitley Bay (October 12 to 15).
Tickets: £15 – £35.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm (except October 24).
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