Marilyn Monroe is a hot property again, and the Hollywood producer who made her so thinks Broadway is the next stop for the late-film star. Would you believe Katy Perry might play her?
Producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly wants Perry to play Monroe in a Broadway version of his latest movie, “My Week With Marilyn,” starring Michelle Williams.
The movie has revived interest in the 1950’s-era sex siren and Weinstein told E! Entertainment that he thinks the story would translate will to the stage.
The movies based on a true story about Colin Clark, a lowly production assistant, who spent a week with Monroe in 1957 while she was filming “The Prince and the Showgirl” with Laurence Olivier.
“If the movie works, I would try to make it a musical and I would go to Katy first,” Weinstein said. “I think she can play Marilyn on the Broadway stage…I think she would be amazing.”
Perry, 26, would definitely be a show-stopper on Broadway, but whether she has the time make a commitment to a Broadway run is another matter.
Perry just wrapped up her California Dreams tour and has talked about taking some time off to concentrate on her marriage to UK comedian Russell Brand, which has been rumored to be on shaky ground.
Perry, however, already has a small role in the movie. Her hit “The One That Got Away” is being used in a new trailer for “My Week With Marilyn.”
“Katy posted about it on her Twitter and Facebook and the next thing you know 250,000 people have downloaded the trailer in an hour,” Weinstein said.
Perry has also provided a sneak preview of what she might be like playing Monroe. She played a character based on the screen legend for a 90-second commercial for German TV show “Star Force.”
She recreates the iconic scene from Monroe’w movie “The Seven Year Itch” in which Monroe’s dress gets blown up above her knees as she stands on a subway vent.
But Weinstein said he doesn’t see the production materializing for ate least five or ten years.
“If ‘My Week with Marilyn’ is successful, at some point, five years, ten years from now, I think Katy would be perfect to play Marilyn Monroe … on Broadway, sing those songs, do the dances.”
“Katy would blow it out of the universe, and that’s the kind of Broadway show I’d like to make,” Weinstein added.
Okay, so maybe this is just Harvey’s way of promoting his movie. Still, it’s an intriguing idea.