Now Streaming: ‘Blonde’, Derby’s Marilyn Musical

Blonde is a musical play based on Marilyn’s life, with music by Adam Howell and book by Paul Hurt. Unrelated to either Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name or the upcoming Netflix adaptation, Blonde was first staged at the Derby Theatre in 2012 (see here), and is streaming now via Derby Live until May 16, earning a 4-star review from Paul T. Davies on the British Theatre website. (Tickets cost £16, and you can watch as many times as you like.)

“I last saw Howell and Hurt’s exuberant Marilyn Monroe musical at the RADA Festival in 2018, performed on a tiny stage packed with a hugely talented cast. The talent still remains, but our pandemic times have led to this streaming production co-produced by the Kristian Thomas Company, staged within strict Covid safety guidelines. The result is a smooth production in which the focus, for me, shone onto the music, and the empty auditorium giving a cold, ghostly feel which somewhat suits the dream-like account of Marilyn’s life and death. The ensemble has to dance two metres apart, and social distance is maintained throughout, and whilst this initially looks unusual, it enhances Marilyn’s isolation as the show progresses …”