Celebrate The Life Of Marilyn Monroe With Patchogue Theatre & The Gateway!

Celebrate The Life Of Marilyn Monroe With Patchogue Theatre & The Gateway!Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts and The Gateway will co-present the nationally touring production of "With Love, Marilyn" on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. "With Love, Marilyn" stars Erin Sullivan as Marilyn Monroe in a special one-woman tribute performance to one of the world's most iconic romantic ingenues. Leading up to the show's Long Island debut, Patchogue Theatre and The Gateway will host various Marilyn Monroe themed events throughout the week at Patchogue Theatre.

With 28 years of theater experience under her belt, Erin Sullivan has performed across the country and worldwide playing some of Broadway's best blondes. Her journey with Ms. Monroe began originating the icon in a new play "Marilee and Baby Lamb: The Assassination of an American Goddess" written by Tony-award winning, Oscar-nominated playwright Mark Medoff. Continuing her passion for this woman's life and legacy is what has built the foundation for this piece.

Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe seriously entertained the desire to perform live on stage again. After all, performing for the troops in Korea was one of the happiest times in her life, according to Monroe historian Samantha McLaughlin ('All About Marilyn' Organization). In this intimate behind- the-scenes evening, we are transported back in time to that 'what if' dress rehearsal, as Marilyn prepares to entertain you.

Audiences will fall in love all over again with Marilyn, watching Erin Sullivan's tribute portrayal of the famed sex goddess you know and love, performing classic songs such as "I Wanna Be Loved By You," "My Heart Belongs To Daddy," and "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend," accompanied by a three-piece band with new orchestrated arrangements by one of Broadway's finest musical directors Henry Aronson ("Rock of Ages," "Tommy").

Marilyn Monroe once said, "As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. Actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soulmate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Keep trying."

Lovers come and go in this playful and sensual musical journey weaving stories behind the men that Monroe loved - and Marilyn had her fair share of love and romance. "With Love, Marilyn" will capture your heart.

In the week leading up to the debut of "With Love, Marilyn," Patchogue Theatre and The Gateway will host a pop-up gallery at Patchogue Theatre featuring artwork of Marilyn Monroe, curated by the Patchogue Arts Council. Patchogue Theatre and The Gateway will also host a free screening of Monroe's iconic film "The Seven Year Itch," directed by Billy Wilder, at Patchogue Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. There will be a costume contest on the night of the showing where movie-goers will be asked to dress in their favorite Marilyn Monroe "look." Winners (first, second and third place) will receive a free pair of tickets to a performance of their choice of "With Love, Marilyn." The first place winner will also receive a meet and greet backstage with Marilyn Monroe star Erin Sullivan.

Directed by: Stephanie Rosenberg Conceived by: Robin Milling and Erin Sullivan Written by: Stephanie Rosenberg and Erin Sullivan Original Musical Direction/Arrangements: Henry Aronson (Musical Director "Rent," "Rock of Ages") Additional Arrangements: Joe Snyder Historical Research by: Samantha McLaughlin Wig Design: Tera Willis Costume Design: Ryan Moller Make-up Design: Jennifer Bishop Logo Design: Joe Major Website Photography: Jason Woodruff Performance Photography: Phillip Ramsey

Tickets for "With Love, Marilyn" are now available online, by phone or at the box office. Ticket prices range from $25 to $65, plus applicable ticket fees. The screening of "The Seven Year Itch" is free and open to the public. For more information on "With Love, Marilyn" and Marilyn Monroe Week, call the box office at 631-207-1313 or visit PatchogueTheatre.org and TheGateway.org.

"Sullivan channels Monroe to deliver a performance of cheeky humor, sexy seduction, and scintillating song. "Some Like it Hot," but Sullivan likes it steaming. Erin Sullivan has observed Marilyn Monroe like a wax artist from Madame Tussauds. She has scrutinized every detail, every gesture, every coquettish glance to portray the complexity of this icon. She looks, speaks, and moves like Marilyn, and it's like going back in time." - Jacquelyn Claire, NY Theater Guide

"Triple-threat blonde bombshell Erin Sullivan doing the telling and the singing, With Love, Marilyn makes for a fabulously performed trip down memory. Looking sultry and stunning in black velvet and diamonds, lots of diamonds, it doesn't take long to believe yourself in the presence of the real thing, and Sullivan's vocals are sultry and sensational. Future audiences are in for a platinum blonde treat." - Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA

"Erin Sullivan embodies a real Marilyn in an honest and painstakingly, historically accurate portrayal of the screen icon. Ms. Sullivan wraps her arms around the audience and brings them into her one woman show with laughter and heartbreaking silence." - Samantha McLaughlin, Co-Founder of 'All About Marilyn' Organization Celebrate The Life Of Marilyn Monroe With Patchogue Theatre & The Gateway! Co-presented by Patchogue Theatre & The Gateway, "With Love, Marilyn" stars Erin Sullivan as Marilyn Monroe. This limited engagement will capture your heart on Oct. 12 & 13 at 8 p.m.

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