Norma Jeane: The Musical
London theatre news: Saturday 28 May 2016
London Fringe - Musicals - New shows
Charting three days that Marilyn Monroe spent in a psychiatric unit in 1961, eighteen months before she died, this musical heads to the Lost Theatre from May 30th to June 18th 2016.
After a successful first run at Ye Olde Rose and Crowne last year, this musical about Marilyn Monroe transfers to the LOST Theatre from 30 May to 18 June 2016.
It boasts new songs from country star Ali Isabella (#1 Billboard Country Hot Singles Sales Chart) and Andy Street (composer for American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance).
Showing a side of Marilyn Monroe that to many is still a mystery, the show casts a beady eye on the dark side of fame and fortune.
The press night gala on June 1 is timely since that date would have been Norma Jean’s 90th birthday - she was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on 1 June 1926, and died 5 August 1962 (aged just 36).
In the dark days of 1961, eighteen months before she died, Marilyn Monroe was sent to a psychiatric unit when she thought she was being sent to a spa for rest and relaxation.
Norma Jeane: The Musical charts the three days she spent there.
As she begins coming off the drink and drugs that had become the norm in her Hollywood lifestyle, her mind starts wandering between past and present.
Her hallucinations draw the audience into the chaos of her mind and darkly foreshadow the tragedy that is soon to come.
Producers - KSW Productions and The LOST Theatre
Book - TL Shannon
Lyrics and Music - Anton Mullan, Ali Isabella, Andy Street, David Martin, Mike Daniels, Geoff Cotton, and Orna Klement
Director - Christopher Swann
Producer & Assistant Director - Randy Smartnick
To be announced.
208 Wandsworth Road
London SW8 2JU
30 May to 18 June 2016
£18/ £17 (concessions) - £12 (early bird)
About Lost Theatre
LOST was founded in 1979 at the London Oratory School as its after-school theatre club; hence its name - L.O.S.T.
It grew in popularity so quickly that in 1982 a new home was found on Fulham Broadway.
This 100-seat black box was host to over 100 plays and Festivals for the next 17 years until re-development of the area forced the company to look for a new home.
During the next 10 years LOST was an itinerant company hiring other theatre spaces in order to continue its work whilst branching out into Europe taking shows to Spain and Russia.
In 2004 negotiations started on its present home (208 Wandsworth Road).
The building opened in January 2010, allowing LOST to establish roots in a new part of London.
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