Kerry Katona to play Marilyn Monroe in a new musical

Marilyn Monroe and Kerry Kantona

Kerry Katona is set to play Marilyn Monroe in a new show called Norma Jeane The Musical.

The musical tells the story of Monroe's life and was written by Belvedere Pashun.

Pashun said: "I needed an actor of huge talent, personality and experience - Kerry was at the top of my list."

The former Atomic Kitten singer's first performance will be at an industry-only audience on 22 September in central London.

Belvedere, who also wrote WAG! The Musical, added: "This show will change the shape of people's perceptions of Marilyn Monroe and we expect to announce a new star of drama on stage and screen with Kerry's performance."

Katona, who recently announced she was bankrupt, said that she was ready to take to the stage as one of the world's most famous screen legends.

The 32-year-old said: "I'm thrilled to have been given this opportunity to play one of the world's biggest female icons and can't wait to get to work.

"A successful career in drama has always been a main goal of mine and this role is a challenge but one I'm going to grab with both hands."

Writers say the script "isn't an ordinary bio/drama" and that Belvedere has included little known facts from Marilyn Monroe's life.

The show will feature original songs from a writing team including Jay Aston, Geoff Cotton, Orna Klement and Tony Bayliss.

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