Boca Raton Theatre Guild to Present MARILYN: FOREVER BLONDE, 1/9-11

Boca Raton Theatre Guild to Present MARILYN: FOREVER BLONDE, 1/9-11

A photo shoot in the summer of 1962. As screen icon Marilyn Monroe poses for her photographer she finds herself wondering what it might be like if she had it to do all over again. In Marilyn: Forever Blonde, the legendary actress reveals much of what we know - but even more about what we don't know - of the roller coaster ride she took from the orphanage to the silver screen. It is a fascinating and provocative journey.

The Boca Raton Theatre Guild will present Marilyn: Forever Blonde for a limited, three day run at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center's Studio Theatre from January 9th - 11th. The production is part of the BRTG's recently announced extended season.

Marilyn: Forever Blonde, stars acclaimed actress Sunny Thompson, and has won a dozen major awards including "Best Special Theatrical Event of the Year," "Best Leading Actress in a Play," "One of the Year's Top Ten Productions" and "Best Touring Production". It has played throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England and New Zealand. Critics have consistently and unanimously praisEd Thompson's compelling and nuanced performance as Marilyn.

Playwright Greg Thompson painstakingly researched all aspects of Monroe's life - all the words spoken in the play have been documented as being Marilyn's own. Marilyn: Forever Blonde features 17 songs by some of the greatest songwriters in show business; Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, and Johnny Mercer are all represented, and Monroe performed each of the musical numbers featured in the production in her films. The music is has been carefully selected to help tell Marilyn's story - a life of dreams and make-believe that catapulted her to the stars and ultimately found her crashing down to Earth - remaining in our memories forever.

Marilyn: Forever Blonde is directed by Stephanie Shine, Artistic Director of the Memphis Shakespeare Company. The play was written by Greg Thompson, who has produced dozens of award-winning shows throughout the world.

The play languished on the shelf for more than a dozen years before Thompson found the right actress to play the part. "I found Marilyn Monroe impersonators who couldn't act, and many wonderful actresses who just didn't seem to give off the sexual playfulness of Monroe," says Thompson. "I didn't even think of Sunny as Marilyn until she put on a Marilyn styled wig to do a parody in her stage show."

But Thompson turned the offer down, explaining that no woman should ever have to be compared with Marilyn Monroe. However after two years of 'nagging' Thompson finally got his way. "It took nearly 15 years to make it happen," he says. "If I'd had to wait another 15 years I'm afraid I might have forgotten what it was about Marilyn Monroe that turned me on in the first place!"

Tickets for Marilyn: Forever Blonde are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.brtg.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Performances are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday at 2 pm.




Comment & Share




About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts
Carol Kassie Carol Kassie has had a deep and abiding love for the arts, particularly theatre, since she was a small child and her parents presented her with an original Broadway cast recording of "My Fair Lady". Armed with a degree in Theatre from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in Montreal, Canada, she became …a librarian. She spent 30 years in Ottawa, Canada, raising two children with her husband, Ralph, working first as a librarian and then in the family's Army/Navy business, all the while actively participating in many of the Ottawa Community's cultural events. A move to South Florida in 2001 offered her an opportunity to return to her first love, theatre, and she jumped at the chance – she currently does freelance theatrical marketing, public relations, and audience growth and development for various local and national theatres, theatre companies, and cultural organizations, and serves on the board of directors of the South Florida Theatre League as chairman of the Marketing Committee . www.carolkassie.com


 
🔀FORT LAUDERDALE SHOWS
Junie B Jones in Fort LauderdaleJunie B Jones
(Runs 4/26 - 4/26)
Hansel and Gretal in Fort LauderdaleHansel and Gretal
(Runs 4/27 - 4/27)
Ghost - The Musical in Fort LauderdaleGhost - The Musical
(Runs 4/29 - 5/10)
Spank! Harder in Fort LauderdaleSpank! Harder
(Runs 5/9 - 5/10)
Ghost - The Musical in Fort LauderdaleGhost - The Musical
(Runs 4/29 - 5/11)
The Trouble with Doug in Fort LauderdaleThe Trouble with Doug
(Runs 4/18 - 5/11)
In The Heights in Fort LauderdaleIn The Heights
(Runs 5/15 - 5/18)

More Shows | Add a Show