“Exploring the dream world within relationships, Marilyn Monroe: Wouldn’t It Be Fascinating follows baseball great, Joe DiMaggio, and glamorous movie star, Marilyn Monroe as they fall out of love and begin to chase their own dream-lovers while on honeymoon in Tokyo.”
“‘Marilyn Monroe was labeled a certain way’ that was only partly related to the 1950s sex symbol’s true identity, Hancock said. So The Scarlet Letter is ‘about the loss of innocence,’ refracted through a Monroe split seven ways with seven dancers representing aspects of the star — ‘the sensual side of her, the naïve side of her, all the essences of Marilyn Monroe that can add to the dance.'” – IndyStar.com
American Classics is an intriguing new ballet from Gregory Hancock, inspired by the imagery of Nathaniel Hathorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, and, of course, Marilyn.
The ballet will be staged at the Pike Performing Arts Centre, Indiana, on August 13-14.
“‘You can tell that George Axelrod had a great respect for women,’ says Kristianne Kurner, executive artistic director at the theater. ‘The Girl (played by Jacque Wilke) doesn’t have a name, but she’s really strong. And I think the humor, instead of coming out of a derogatory thing about women, comes from the husband’s guilt. That guilt is really funny.'”
At the Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto, July 3-6
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
7:30 (plus 4:00 Sat/Sun)
Prizewinning novelist Andrew O’Hagan’s The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe is a literary comedy full of philosophy, comedy and heartbreak.
‘The book is a miracle,’ wrote Edna O’Brien, ‘and already a classic’.
For this special event, Andrew O’Hagan leads an ensemble reading of Maf the Dog with some of Britain’s leading actors, including Ian MacDiarmid (Six Characters in Search of an Author, Star Wars) and Suzanne Bertish (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Hunger.)
Sunday 18 July 2010, 7:45pm
Southbank Centre, London
Ticket information here
Read my review of Maf the Dog, here
Sugar, a stage musical based on Some Like It Hot, is now playing at the Drury Lane Theater in Chicago until August 1st, with Jennifer Knox reviving Marilyn’s role.
Anyone Can See I Love You, a new opera about the life of Marilyn Monroe, opens at the Banff Centre, Canada, this weekend.
Eivør Pálsdóttir, a singer-songwriter from the Faroese islands, plays Monroe, and the production may tour internationally.
Incidentally, Monroe herself stayed in Banff while filming River of No Return in 1953.
William Inge’s play, Bus Stop, was filmed with Marilyn Monroe in 1956. The original story is a little different though, set entirely in Grace’s Diner and focussing not just on Cherie and Bo, but several other travellers.
Bus Stop opens at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Perthshire, Scotland, on June 15, showing until October 14, with Amanda Gordon in Monroe’s role.
Reviewed in The Stage