reviewed by Paula Citron
Capricorn 9 Productions
Book, music and lyrics by Cliff Jones
Directed by Larry Westlake
Starring Isabelle Kiraly, Rudy Webb, Mark Cassius and the ensemble
At the Jane Mallett Theatre until Jun. 26
Audiences have one last chance to catch Cliff Jones’ sung through rock opera/musical Hey Marilyn based on the short and troubled life of Marilyn Monroe. Jones’ achievement is in the plethora of song styles such as a Yiddish folksong for Monroe’s wedding to playwright Arthur Miller.
Jones originally wrote the work in 1975 for CBC Radio. It involves a huge cast and director Larry Westlake culled his ensemble from Sheridan College and the Randolph Academy. They are still kids, but they are enthusiastic. Gluing the show together are professionals Rudy Webb as the Narrator and Mark Cassius as Marilyn’s Muse.
The lovely Isabelle Kiraly is an alluring Marilyn, although her diction could be better, and Westlake gets his large cast on and off the stage in ready fashion. The attractive choreography is courtesy Tracy Cairns-Sharpe.
Hey Marilyn is poignant, humorous and satiric by turn. It really does tell Monroe’s story.
Hey Marilyn continues at the Jane Mallett Theatre until tonight.