NBC’s SMASH has won the hearts of critics and fans alike. On the next episode, the winner of the role of Marilyn will be determined. Who do you think should be the chosen one?
Megan Hilty, who plays Ivy Lynn a broadway actress she’s ready for a role and tired of being in the chorus. She competes against Katharine McPhee, who plays Karen Cartwright an unknown with a huge voice and heart. They both want the prized role of Marilyn Monroe in ‘Marilyn the Muscial.’
Both actresses have attributes similar to the real Marilyn. While Katharine McPhee has the sweet innocent little girl quality that Marilyn carried through her life, Megan Hilty has the hard as nails true life personna of Marilyn behind the scenes. Both women could easily be Marilyn but which one would be more appealing? Which one would the audience want to represent their memory of a sex goddess?
The dumb blonde sexy icon was the greatest role that Marilyn ever played. Marilyn Monroe was willing to do anything to get what she wanted. She literally clawed and slept her way to the top of the Hollywood A list. Megan Hilty’s character is apt to do the same thing.
In the show, director/choreographer Jack Davenport as Derek Wills, requestes a private call back for Karen. She goes to his home at 10:00 p.m. and wows him, but keeps her morals. Would Ivey Lynn have done the same thing? Or would she have slept with him in order to ensure the role went to her?
Essentially, what do Debra Messing, Julia Houston song writer for the musical, and Angelica Houston, Eileen Rand producer, want in the Marilyn role they are creating? The musical has to portray Marilyn Monroe as the serious actress she wanted to be. Under that cool exterior was an insecure woman who only wanted to be treated with respect and to be loved by the man she was with.
In our opinion, Karen Cartwright comes closer to the true Marilyn Monroe, one who was unsure of herself and vulnerable. More so than Ivy Lynn, who is cold and hard with the tough exterior to climb the rungs of the ladder to the top.
Who would you choose?
We would love to hear from you and hear what you would look for in a Marilyn Monroe.