Our Stories: 12 Marilyn Olsen

marilyn finalShe had us laughing one moment, crying the next. In the Phoenix Stage Company’s production of Master Class, the extraordinary actress Marilyn Olsen provided a powerhouse performance that brought the house to their feet by the end of the show. My review of the show with photos of Marilyn Olsen as Maria Callas can be found HERE.

When I interviewed Marilyn for the Nutmeg Chatter article she talked about her career in theater and of the many roles she had played that led to this stellar one. Marilyn was thrilled that she was now receiving the opportunity to perform some of the roles she had always wanted to perform such as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.

For the artwork I portrayed Marilyn in her current role as Carlotta Campion in Follies, which is running through June in Stamford at Curtain Call.

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But behind her I wanted to show the outfits of some of the characters she portrayed that have become iconic Olsen performances. In the far left (hard to see) is Norma Desmond’s leopard shirt with long black pants and up close there’s a long necklace/tassel item she wore (you can see it more clearly up close.). The outfit second from the left and the one on the far right are both from Les Miserables, she played Madame Thenadier.

Third from the left is the fur and red dress of Gypsy when Marilyn played “Rose”.

The third from the right is very hard to see, it’s obscured but it has a scarf and light blue shirt from Maria Callas in Master Class. The second from the right is the outfit for Mrs. Lovett.

 

If you haven’t already, make this year the year you see a performance in local theater and if you can find a show with Marilyn Olsen in an iconic role, you know you have found the theater experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.

 

 

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