Kerry Katona has shocked the showbiz world by announcing she is going to act! Kerry is set to play another fallen idol, Marilyn Monroe, in a new musical
Ex-Atomic Kitten and former I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here contestant, Kerry Katona is all set to play movie icon Marilyn Monroe in a new show in London called Norma Jeane The Musical.
Norma Jeane was of course Marilyn Monroe’s real name as famously celebrated in Elton John’s tribute song ‘Candle in the Wind’, a huge hit originally and becoming the biggest selling single of all time when Elton altered the lyrics to commemorate Princess Diana at her funeral.
Kerry Katona who is to star in Norma Jeane the musical
Norma Jeane the musical tells the story of Monroe’s life and has been written by Belvedere Pashun.
Pashun said: “I needed an actor of huge talent, personality and experience – Kerry was at the top of my list.”
Some might say that Pashun may have been reading his list upside down. Katona was dropped by MTV in August 2009, and attempted to become a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother 2010 but was rejected by the show’s executives after she failed the required psychological tests. She was dropped from the advertising campaigns of the food chains Asda and Iceland after pictures appeared in the newspapers showing her taking cocaine. Katona, who recently announced she was bankrupt, said that she was ready to take to the theatre stage as one of the world’s most famous screen legends.
Kerry said “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”.
The 32-year-old media star and singer’s first performance will be at an industry-only audience on 22 September in central London.
Kerry added: “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.”
Belvedere Pashun, said: “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.”
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of films during the 1950s and early 1960s. She evoked much intrigue and controversy more to do with her off screen persona and her alleged liaison with the then President, J.F. Keneedy. She died from an apparent drug overdose aged just 36 and her legendary status has grown more in the decades following her demise much due to the iconic images of her than her body of work.
Writers say the script “isn’t an ordinary bio/drama” and that Pashun has included little known facts from Marilyn Monroe’s life.
The show will feature original songs from a writing team including Jay Aston, Geoff Cotton, Orna Klement and Tony Bayliss.