We’re having Bombshell déjà vu! Kerry Katona will slip into the iconic style of Marilyn Monroe in a new industry reading of Norma Jeane The Musical, which will be held in London on September 22.
Written by Belvedere Pashun (WAG! The Musical) and featuring music by Jay Aston, Geoff Cotton, Orna Klement and Tony Bayliss, Norma Jeane will chronicle the life of the famed actress from her rise as one of Hollywood’s most glamorous talents to her well-documented tragic fall. Notes for the show boast that it will “change the shape of peoples’ perceptions of Marilyn Monroe.”
Katona is a singer best known for her membership in the all-female pop group Atomic Kitten. Audiences will also recognize her from the third season of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Loose Women, as well as her MTV reality shows Kerry Katona: Crazy in Love, Kerry Katona: Whole Again and Kerry Katona: What’s the Problem?.
Fans of NBC’s doomed Broadway dramedy Smash will no doubt catch the similarities between Norma Jeane The Musical and the fictional show-within-a-show Bombshell (which itself may live on in a charity concert in Los Angeles later this year). But unlike the Bombshell drama, the role of Marilyn isn’t up for debate: Ivy and Karen, make room for Kerry!
Watch Katona in full Marilyn drag below in a performance from the celebrity edition of the British TV talent show Stars in Their Eyes.