Monthly Archives: April 2009

Marilyn Monroe Stage Musical in Toronto

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There is going to be a Marilyn stage production in Toronto, Ontario!  Nothing like this ever happens around here so I am very excited.  I will definitely be attending this performance.

HEY MARILYN is a totally original work in the ‘rock/pop opera’ style. It is a spectacular and superbly entertaining musical biography with enormous depth and insight into who Marilyn Monroe really was.

Originally commissioned, produced, and broadcast by C.B.C. Radio, HEY MARILYN was acclaimed by both critics and audience alike, and was nominated for three ACTRA awards. In the original broadcast, film and Broadway star Beverly D’Angelo played the role of Marilyn Monroe, backed up by a cast of thirty and a full orchestra.

Author/composer Cliff Jones, whose previous musicals have played at the Charlottetown Festival, on Broadway, and throughout North America, has now adapted HEY MARILYN into a powerful, dance-filled stage production featuring Mark Cassius as The Muse, Rudy Webb as The Narrator, and introducing Isabelle Kiraly as Marilyn.

The show’s director is Larry Westlake, with musical direction by Lona Davis, and choreography/direction by Tracey Cairns-Sharpe.

WHAT CRITICS HAVE SAID:
“It’s sensational….The Jones genius is fully evident from the beginning…” Halifax Mail-Star

“…the most exciting and innovative all-Canadian/American work ever commissioned by the CBC.” Toronto Star
“Jones has skilfully captured the essence of the kinds of music which marked the Monroe years…” Ottawa Citizen

PERFORMANCES: Evenings June 18-20, 24-26 at 8 p.m.; Matinee June 20 at 2 p.m.

VENUE: Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E., Toronto.

TICKETS: $40(Lower)/$30(Upper)/$20(Seniors & Students). Group rates available.

BOX OFFICE: 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754; online at www.stlc.com

HEY MARILYN is an official Pride Event.

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3 Marilyn Monroe Tattoos Added

I have added Amber, Laura and Sam’s tattoos to the section here.

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I have added Lisa and Angie’s photos to the fans in her hands section here.

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Photographer Jack Cardiff has died

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British director and acclaimed cameraman Jack Cardiff, who won a cinematography Oscar for 1948’s Black Narcissus, has died at aged 94.

No details about how Cardiff died have been made public yet.

The director and cinematographer is much admired by many in the business for both his skills.

American director Martin Scorsese once said that Cardiff could “paint with the camera” and praised an 18-minute dance sequence in the 1948 film The Red Shoes, which Cardiff filmed, as “a moving painting.”

Some of the more notable movies Cardiff worked on as a cinematographer include John Huston’s The African Queen (1950),War and Peace (1954), Death on the Nile(1978), Conan the Destroyer (1984) andRambo: First Blood Part II (1985).

He was also the cameraman for The Prince and the Showgirl, a 1957 British film starring Marilyn Monroe and co-starring Laurence Olivier, who also directed.

Monroe once described Cardiff’s filmmaking skills as “the best in the world.”

Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to music hall entertainers, Cardiff once said immersion in the world of theatre bolstered his desire to create scenes. He spent much of his childhood watching art directors paint backdrops in theatres and setting up lights.

‘Light and colour became my world’

“I was fascinated by two men up in the wings, one on each side of the stage, following the actors with a spotlight,” he wrote in an article in 2007.

“I spent a lot of time with them and a stirring was born in me which I later recognised as an urge to create. Light and colour became my world.”

In 1937, he shot Wings of the Morning, the first film in Britain to be shot in Technicolor, and he eventually graduated to directing, adapting D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers to the screen in 1960.

He once said of all the films he worked on, he is most proud of Sons and Lovers, which he described as the most difficult shoot.

“I wanted to make it into a good film because the book is marvellous and I didn’t want to let the author down.”

Cardiff — who said he would have been painter if he had not worked in film — was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 and was presented with an honorary Oscar in 2001.

-courtesy of CBC.ca

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Marilyn Monroe by Laze & Royal

I featured this great song called “Marilyn Monroe” on the latest podcast.  I’ve communicated with Laze & Royal and they gave me permission to make this music video featuring some great photos of our girl.

I have a lot of respect for these guys, here was the response when I asked where this single can be purchased….

“We’re huge Marilyn fans as well so i’d rather her love and beauty be spread and carry on then care about how much money we get from a download you know. ”  Laze & Royal

It will be on iTunes in a few weeks so I hope people will support them.

Hope you enjoy it!

This video can be downloaded in high quality at www.imarilyn.com for free.

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4 Marilyn Monroe Tattoos Added

I have updated the Marilyn Monroe tattoo section with 4 new additions.  Thanks Kayla, Stephanie, Warren and Liz for sending them in!

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