While the character of Ivy Lynn is a strong Marilyn type in her later years, it was our understanding that the whole purpose of the musical was to show the transformation from Norma Jean to Marilyn Monroe. We don’t see how the show will pull that off with Ivy Lynn’s character as opposed to Karen Cartwright. Karen has the innocence and freshness to make a much more believable Marilyn as a young woman starting out in the terrifying business of a star.
We would love to see how Ivy Lynn can go back to her age of innocence after sleeping with the director of the musical. Is that still the way women have to get to the top – literally – of the ladder? We personally believe that the morals and sweetness of Karen Cartwright is much more likeable than a woman who will do anything to get the cherished role.
While Angelica Houston’s character is concerned that she may be too perfect, Derek Wells seems to think that they have made the right choice.
The music and dance numbers are really exciting and the portrayal of Marilyn’s life looks to be honoring to her as well as understanding. We can’t wait to see how creative SMASH will get as the episodes go on.
What do you think? Does anyone else out there wish they had gone with the talented yet more emotionally raw Karen Cartwright?