Will Katy Perry Star as Marilyn Monroe on Broadway?

Exclusive! Get the scoop on plans for a musical inspired by the new movie about the late blond bombshell

By Marc Malkin Nov 23, 2011 5:12 PMTags
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My Week With Marilyn has just hit theaters today, but producers are already thinking about their next move for the late blond bombshell.

And I can exclusively reveal that possible plans include Katy Perry...

Harvey Weinstein tells me he wants to develop a Broadway musical based on the movie, which stars Michelle Williams as Monroe.

"If the movie works, I would try to make it a musical and I would go to Katy first," Weinstein told me this morning. "I think she can play Marilyn on the Broadway stage...I think she would be amazing."

Perry has become a cheerleader of sorts for the flick. A remix of her hit "The One That Got Away" is being used in a new trailer for My Week With Marilyn.

"Katy posted about it on her Twitter and Facebook and the next thing you know 250,000 people have downloaded the trailer in an hour," Weinstein said.

Perry did a send-up of Monroe for a video for "Teenage Dream" that was used for a 90-second commercial for German TV show Star Force. Wearing a blond wig and red dress, she recreated the iconic Seven Year Itch scene in which Monroe's dress gets blown up above her knees as she stands on a subway vent.

Weinstein is confident Williams will get her third Oscar nomination for her work. "Michelle's dedication was so incredibly intense and strong and yet she was so funny practicing her waddle, practicing her wiggle and reading books like a college schoolgirl," he said.

Of her musical talents, Weinstein remembered, "She told me she could sing, but I've heard that before. She goes, 'I can sing,' and I go, 'Really?'

"I was totally cynical and then she goes, 'I can dance, too,'" he continued. "I'm like, 'What else can you do?' and thinking, not! But then you see her and...it's just stunning. She killed it. She's so great."