Marilyn Forever, which was inspired by Marilyn Bowering's Monroe-centric poetry and will be presented by the ever-adventurous Long Beach Opera. In an interesting twist, the title character is portrayed by two singing Marilyns, soprano Jamie Chamberlin and Danielle Marcelle Bond, who represent the conflict between Monroe's inner and outer personae.
Marilyn Monroe is an eternal muse who continues to bewitch creative types long after her tragic death in 1962. When she was alive, her charismatic personality charmed both intellectuals such as playwright Arthur Miller and jocks like Joe DiMaggio. Monroe remains an alluring icon in pop culture, having inspired everyone from Andy Warhol to Elton John. Now you can add opera composer/jazz bassist Gavin Bryars to the list of artists who've fallen under her spell. Bryars will play bass at the U.S. premiere of his fanciful opera