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MARILYN LIVE (article first published : 2001-10-9)

Audiences are invited to transcend time and space - casting aside daily troubles and fears - to step back into the Hollywood heyday with “Marilyn Live” which is to run at Kwasuka Theatre from October 9 to November 4.

Set at Frank Sinatra’s famous Cal Neva Lodge at Lake Taho and hosted by the character Jimmie d’Amato, “Marilyn Live” is an honest and heart-warming tribute to the one and only Marilyn Monroe.

Written and directed by Lisa Melman and David Fleminger, it deals with her life, her career, her loves and her relationships. It was at Cal Neva that Marilyn was to spend the last weekend of her flamboyant and much-publicised life.

Lisa Melman’s grounding in show business goes back to the days when she was a young teenager working for Taubie Kushlick and later for Joan Brickhill. Marilyn Live therefore promises glitz, sophistication, top notch dancing and – of course – numbers like My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, I Wanna Be Loved By You and Heatwave.

Making a welcome return to the Durban stage as Marilyn and Jimmie are Julie Hartley and Mike Huff, both well-known for their performances at the Playhouse some years back in shows such as Singin' in the Rain, Great Expectations, etc.

Choreography is by Cinda Eatock – also a Joan Brickhill “product” – who has been living in New York and now has her own dance studio back home in South Africa.

Audiences are invited to dress up in true Hollywood style and put the glitz back into theatre!

Book through Computicket or Kwasuka on (031) 309-2236.Tickets R45 (exc. of Computicket charge). Performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 19h30 with extra performance on Saturdays at 14h30. Sundays at 18h00.




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