Marilyn & Sinatra at the Jermyn Street TheatreCultureTheatre
Debuting in London, Marilyn & Sinatra chronicles the hidden love affair between two of the world’s most famous icons, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, over an eight-year period between 1954 and 1962. This one-act show performed at the Jermyn Street Theatre leaves a lasting impression.
The play focuses on the tragedy that was Marilyn Monroe’s brief life, and her toxic relationship with Frank Sinatra is presented as the cause of her death. In Marilyn & Sinatra, her troubled adulthood, stemming from a traumatic childhood, is impacted by Sinatra’s moodiness, and at times, almost cruel neglect of her. As Sinatra does not give Monroe the help she needs, it becomes painful to see a woman – who was in fact known for her intelligence and who changed the definition of female sexuality – descend into oblivion.
Consisting of a cast of only two, Marilyn & Sinatra found talented actors with the necessary allure to portray these historical figures. Erin Gavin’s sultry look and brilliance at portraying the ditzy behaviour that was so characteristic of the sex symbol make her a believable Monroe. Jeff Bratz with his captivating eyes and smooth voice is a great choice for Sinatra, topped off with the iconic hat.
In his prologue to the audience, the writer and director, Sandro Monetti, explains that the premise of the show was inspired by Monroe’s final moments spent listening to various Sinatra albums. The overall performance also benefits from its desire to connect with the audience, with the actors interacting with them while they sing hits made famous by both stars.
Despite the toxicity that may have existed, Marilyn & Sinatra makes it clear that love surpasses death in the end.
Marilyn & Sinatra is at Jermyn Street Theatre from 15th August until 21st August 2016, for further information or to book visit here.