The new musical about the life of the Some Like It Hot actress is due to open with Atomic Kitten singer turned reality star Kerry Katona.
The news was broken by Norma Jeane: The Musical’s Twtter feed, which announced:
Its official Kerry Katona @KerryKatona7 will be Marilyn Monroe in ‘Norma Jeane The Musical’
The show’s writer Belvedere Pashun, who previously wrote Wag – The Musical said of Katona:
“I needed an actor of huge talent, personality and experience – Kerry was at the top of my list.
This show will change the shape of people’s perceptions of Marilyn Monroe, and we expect to announce a new star of drama on stage and screen with Kerry’s performance.”
‘I’m thrilled to have been given this opportunity to play one of the world’s biggest female icons and can’t wait to get to work. A successful career in drama has always been a main goal of mine and this role is a challenge but one I’m going to grab with both hands.’
The show is due to open sometime after the end of September 2013.
Marilyn Monroe was voted a gay icon by the writers of TheGayUK in May.