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‘Marilyn! The New Musical’ Brings Marilyn Monroe’s Story To Life On Stage

Last updated: June 7, 2018 at 5:44 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Shows, Paris Las Vegas. Comments Off on ‘Marilyn! The New Musical’ Brings Marilyn Monroe’s Story To Life On Stage.

Marilyn! The New Musical - Las Vegas Broadway style show at Paris Las Vegas

Marilyn! The New Musical. Photo by Denise Truscello.

Marilyn! The New Musical at Paris Las Vegas

Marilyn Monroe captivated the public’s attention when she first rose to fame as a Hollywood star and sex symbol in the 1950s. Interest in the iconic star continues today and now audiences can take a musical journey through her life in “Marilyn! The New Musical” at Paris Las Vegas.

The Broadway-style show tells the dramatic biographical story of Marilyn Monroe from her early days as Norma Jeane, to her career as a film actress, to her death at age 36 in 1962.

Talented singer and actress Ruby Lewis stars as Marilyn and Brittney Bertier is her alter-ego, Norma Jeane.

Pictured here is actress Ruby Lewis stars as Marilyn and Brittney Bertier is her alter-ego, Norma Jeane

Marilyn and Norma Jeane in Marilyn! The New Musical. Photo by Denise Truscello.

Frank Lawson is Charlie, Marilyn’s trusted driver, who narrates the story. Charlie tells the audience Marilyn’s life story beginning with her childhood in foster homes and orphanages, her time working in a radioplane factory as part of the war effort and her eventual rise to a career in modeling and acting. Along the way the audience gets a glimpse into Marilyn’s heartfelt relationship with boyfriend Bill Pursel, played by Chris Fore, and her tumultuous marriages to baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller.

Throughout the show we also see Marilyn’s struggles with anxiety, depression and drugs and the constant push and pull between Marilyn the big Hollywood star and Norma Jeane, her younger, more innocent self.

The show features 15 original numbers including the emotional “Don’t Wanna Be Me” with Marilyn and Norma Jeane singing with and against each other.  Another highlight is a duet with Lewis and Fore singing “Someone Else Ago” and there’s a fun number, “The Battle of the Blondes,” pitting Marilyn against another iconic star of that era, Jayne Mansfield.

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend featured in "Marilyn! The New Musical"

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. Photo by Denise Truscello.

Broadway and musical fans will love the talented cast of this production. Travis Cloer, who starred as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas, plays photographer Milton Greene. Randal Keith (best known as playing Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway) is a scene stealer as movie studio executive Darryl Zanuck. Keith also starred in the Las Vegas productions of “Spamalot” and “Phantom of the Opera.”

Besides the original songs in the show, audiences will recognize tunes Marilyn made famous like “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” and “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” You’ll also see famous Marilyn moments like the subway grate scene from “The Seven Year Itch.”

An iconic Marilyn moment like the subway great scene in "Marilyn! The New Musical"

An iconic Marilyn moment in Marilyn! The New Musical. Photo by Denise Truscello.

The cast is backed by a small orchestra seated on stage and a large LED screen at the back of the stage shows beautiful images of Marilyn Monroe throughout the production.

“Marilyn! The New Musical” was written, directed and produced by Tegan Summer, CEO of Prospect House Entertainment, in partnership with Authentic Brands Group, owner of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe.

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