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Katona for Marilyn Monroe musical

Kerry Katona is to star as Marilyn Monroe in a new musical about the Hollywood legend.

The 32-year-old mother-of-four - who recently filed for bankruptcy for the second time - will star in new stage show Norma Jeane The Musical, due to open in September

Kerry said in a statement on the show's website: "I'm thrilled to have been given this opportunity to play one of the world's biggest female icons and can't wait to get to work.

"A successful career in drama has always been a main goal of mine and this role is a challenge but one I'm going to grab with both hands."

The show has been written by Belvedere Pashun whose show WAG! The Musical starring Lizzie Cundy has just opened in the West End.

Belvedere, who will also direct the show, said: "Marilyn's life was one of extremes - poverty, abandonment, abuse followed by a flowering beauty which brought attention, fame, wealth and power and then the well documented tragic fall.

"I needed an actor of huge talent, personality and experience - Kerry was at the top of my list.

"This show will change the shape of people's perceptions of Marilyn Monroe and we expect to announce a new star of drama on stage and screen with Kerry's performance."

The reality TV star rose to fame in girlband Atomic Kitten. Her debut performance in the musical will take place in London in front of an invitation-only audience on September 22.

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