With their latest show "Heaven on Earth" still running on Broadway, the song and book writing team of Julia Houston and Tom Levitt have decided to take a professional break, in part to give Julia and her husband Frank time to go through an adoption process and in turn allow Julia to be a stay-at-home mom. But a germ of an idea from Tom's new assistant Ellis Tancharoen leads to the thought of writing a new musical based on Marilyn Monroe. A further move by Ellis which could kibosh the idea before it even gets off the ground instead generates buzz around the new project. On board is producer Eileen Rand, who, because of divorce proceedings, is unable to continue work on what would have been her focus of a revival of "My Fair Lady". Eileen wants to hire Derek Wills to direct, much against Tom's wishes as the two hate each other. Julia and Tom believe that their friend Ivy Lynn, who currently performs in the ensemble of "Heaven on Earth", would be perfect to play Marilyn. But during open ... Written by
Did You Know?
The Marilyn musical that is continually referenced in the pilot, was a Broadway flop that lasted at the Minskoff for 17 performances. It starred Alyson Reed as Marilyn and Scott Bakula as Joe Dimaggio. It opened on November 20, 1983 and closed on December 3, 1983. See more
Eileen, be real. For me to audition
, Marilyn herself would have to pop out of that envelope and do me right here.
References My Week with Marilyn
Happy Birthday, Mr. President
Performed by Katharine McPhee See more