The gestures, movements, voice and laugh were all right on…you were sure you were in the room with Marilyn Monroe. I also needed to know more about Marilyn’s vulnerabilities, her pain and her exploitation. I was genuinely uncomfortable with the over-sexualized requirements of women of that era and really felt for Marilyn and women like her, who had to use their sexuality to get anywhere.
What I didn't like
I think an expanded production is a spectacular idea. No one could do it better than Kelli
My overall impression
Kelly allows a look into Marilyn that reflects not only the icon but the damaged, lonely and pained Norma Jean. It does not take a dark turn, which allows you to continue to love Marilyn and feel for the vulnerability and pain of Norma Jean. I got a last minute ticket, expecting to be under-whelmed and came away a big fan of Kelly’s with a more compassionate feel and understanding of Marilyn.