Gil Kaan | June 5, 2018
Erin Sullivan has created (with help from co-writerStephanie Rosenberg and co-conceiver Robin Milling)WITH LOVE, MARILYN, her one-woman homage toMarilyn Monroe. Sullivan nails Monroe’s breathy line deliveries and body language, especially in recreating Monroe songs “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” and her signature “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” Director Rosenberg gives Sullivan a lot of leeway in her laidback retelling of the insecure Monroe’s love life and early Hollywood years, but smartly edits Sullivan’s “Happy Birthday (Mr. President)” to less than a single verse. Opening conceit of this show has Monroe going through a dress rehearsal of her Vegas nightclub act, which allows for Monroe to exhibit all her insecurities. Fortunately, for the Rockwell audience, Sullivan’s sturdy vocals power through Monroe’s hesitation onstage.
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