Not to be confused with the West End production Marilyn starring Stephanie Lawrence, this allegedly "authorized" version (officially endorsed by acting coachLee Strasberg's wife Anna), while also based on events in the life of screen iconMarilyn Monroe, was a highly fictionalized account, complete with a happy ending, set on a huge, vacant Hollywood soundstage.
The production underwent numerous changes throughout its development period. During rehearsals, original star Gerolyn Petchel was replaced by Alyson Reed, and after previews began, director/choreographer Kenny Ortega was replaced byThommie Walsh and Baayork Lee, although Ortega retained credit in the program. Ten musical numbers were dropped and forty-five minutes of dialogue were excised before opening night. Among the characters retained were young Norma Jean Baker, who interacted with her adult self, and a Greek chorus-like trio called Destiny, who provided a running commentary about the sex goddess's woes.
After thirty-four previews, the Broadway production opened on November 20, 1983 at the Minskoff Theatre, where it ran for only seventeen performances. In addition to Reed, the cast included Scott Bakula (making his Broadway debut) as Joe DiMaggio, Will Gerard as Arthur Miller, and Kristi Coombs as young Norma Jean.
Reed was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
SCENE 1: A SOUNDSTAGE, HOLLYWOOD LAND
SCENE 2: UNDER THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS, 1934 - 1942
SCENE 3: THE PARACHUTE FACTORY, 1945
SCENE 4: OVERSEAS
SCENE 5: AGENT'S HOME, HOLLYWOOD
SCENE 6: STUDIO EXECUTIVE'S OFFICE
SCENE 7: THE SOUNDSTAGE, 1948 - 1953
SCENE 8: A MOVIE BALCONY
SCENE 9: THE SOUNDSTAGE, 1955
SCENE 10: MARILYN'S DRESSING ROOM
SCENE 11: DIMAGGIO'S RESTAURANT
SCENE 12: PREMIER NIGHT
SCENE 1: MARILYN'S BEDROOM
SCENE 2: SOUNDSTAGE
SCENE 3: NEW YORK CITY, 1956 - 1960
SCENE 4: NEW YORK PENTHOUSE
SCENE 5: NEW YORK TO HOLLYWOOD
SCENE 6: SOUNDSTAGE
Awards and Nominations Edit
1984 Drama Desk Nomination Edit
* Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Alyson Reed