Artist News

Katona to play Marilyn Monroe

By | Published on Tuesday 23 July 2013

Kerry Katona

One-time pop loanshark Kerry Katona has been cast as Marilyn Monroe in a stage show titled ‘Norma Jeane: The Musical’. Scripted by Belvedere Pashun (creator of ‘WAG! The Musical’, ‘Shag! The Musical’ and ‘SSAGG – Still Single And Going Grey’) and backed by an original score, it is based on “little known facts” from Monroe’s life.

Pashun says: “Marilyn’s life was one of extremes – poverty, abandonment, abuse followed by a flowering beauty which brought attention. Fame, wealth and power and then the well documented tragic fall. I needed an actor of huge talent, personality and experience – Kerry was at the top of my list. This show will change the shape of people’s perceptions of Marilyn Monroe and we expect to announce a new star of drama on stage and screen with Kerry’s performance”.

Katona adds: “I’m thrilled to have been given this opportunity to play one of the world’s biggest female icons and can’t wait to get to work. A successful career in drama has always been a main goal of mine and this role is a challenge but one I’m going to grab with both hands”.

Critics will be invited to a private ‘rehearsal reading’ in London on 22 Sep, after which ‘Norma Jeane: The Musical’ may/may not be cast into to the fires of hell.