Hospice ambassador Joanne Clifton has received rave reviews for her role as Marilyn Monroe in a London musical.
Strictly Come Dancing star and hospice ambassador Joanne Clifton has received rave reviews for playing Marilyn Monroe in Norma Jeane: The Musical in London.
The show ran at the Lost Theatre marking what would have been Norma Jeane's 90th birthday, and cast a beady eye on the dark side of fame and fortune... a side to Marilyn that remains a mystery to this day.
The Stage, the theatre industry's well-known publication, said: "Given top billing, the Strictly Come Dancing star proves to be one of the highlights, delivering a finely tuned physical impersonation of the 1950s icon. Her body never still, Clifton not only demonstrates some intuitive comic timing but also captures the artifice of Monroe's screen persona."
While another theatre reviewer wrote: "With Clifton’s impeccable comedic timing and grand gestures, she resembles the characters Monroe portrayed in the movies and what the audience imagine to a tick."
Joanne is most famous for her appearances on Strictly Come Dancing, where she has partnered Scott Mills, Russell Grant and Harry Judd, with whom she won the Christmas Special 2015. She
has been performing on stage as a dancer since the age of 4, with recent work also including Burn The Floor (Australia and Japan, 2014) and the UK premiere of Irving Berlin’s Face the Music (Ye Olde Rose and Crowne, 2015), for which she was nominated for an Off West End Award.
Well done Joanne, and we hope to see you back at the hospice soon!