Like a candle in a wind tunnel, “Marilyn, The New Musical” is being extinguished at Paris Las Vegas after just 15 performances since its official opening on June 1.
“Marilyn” closes June 17, 2018.
From what we hear, the implosion of “Marilyn, The New Musical” had little to do with the talent of its cast.
Even as the show opened, there were rumors of behind-the-scenes drama, including a lack of competent direction and serious financial issues, and entertainment insiders predicted the show would have a very short run.
Few predicted the run would be this short. Oh, wait, no, there was us.
It should be noted we’re the one calling the show “closed,” not the show itself.
In an admirable piece of fiction, a news release says, “After launching to critical acclaim, ‘Marilyn: The New Musical’ will be going on a summer hiatus from Tuesday, June 19 through Monday, Sept. 3 in order to further refine the show and prepare for the Las Vegas-created production to launch a national tour. Performances at Paris Las Vegas will resume Tuesday, Sept. 4.”
Ah, the old “show refinement” ploy.
“Marilyn, The New Musical” won’t be resuming at Paris, or anywhere else for that matter.
In fact, we’re going to predict several others shows planned by the producer, writer and director of “Marilyn,” Tegan Summers, won’t be happening as announced, either. Las Vegas is a very small town and word gets around.
Summers was supposed to bring a series of Broadway-style shows to Las Vegas. The shows were to feature stories about Bettie Page and James Dean, with another involving EDM DJ and producer Steve Aoki.
Don’t hold your breath.
While ambitious, Broadway-style theatrical productions are hit-and-miss in Las Vegas. For every “Jersey Boys,” there’s a “Surf, The Musical.” For every “Phantom of the Opera,” there’s an “Avenue Q.”
For every “Mamma Mia” at Mandalay Bay there’s a “Mamma Mia” at Tropicana. Long story.
We trust the “Marilyn” cast and crew will find new gigs worthy of their time and talents.