“Marilyn: The Musical” plays the role of “Marilyn: An American Fable”

Frank Rich wrote of this show, which included 16 producers and 10 songwriters, “if you mistakenly look up from the Playbill to watch the show itself, you may wonder whether those 26 persons were ever in the same rehearsal room – or even the same city – at the same time.” Songwriting-by-committee was the order of the day on Broadway when Marilyn came alive, rather than the auteurist fantasy of “Smash.” The lead actress, Mr. Rich said, “mimics Monroe’s voice effectively – until she takes to delivering her Act II songs in a standard Broadway belt.” This is a legitimate hazard for “Smash,” too—given the songs we’ve heard in the premiere, the Broadway voice may overtake Marilyn’s!