I Am Not Marilyn

Cabaret and Variety (jazz, cabaret)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

Andy Warhol's paintings, JFK's birthday song, NYC subway grate upskirt, the list goes on. Marilyn's icon is a blend of innocence and feminine sexuality. Despite her bombshell fame, Marilyn contributed to setting the standards of the jazz and swing golden age. 57 years after her death, Viviana Zarbo, who has had a lifelong fascination with the star, reinterprets her songs composed by geniuses like Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, in a personal way and devoid of clichés. By intertwining tales about Marilyn's life with her own, Viviana recounts how her life was shaped by Marilyn’s songs.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Level access is via a different route across the courtyard of the Royal College of Surgeons, our box office can advise.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Platform Lift)

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Tricia Paterson 111 days ago

‘I am not Marilyn’ was not a show my friend and I set out to see but thank goodness we were given a flyer by Viviana herself. The story telling and the beautiful singing made for an emotional show that we both thoroughly enjoyed. Will be watching out for this lovely lady again!
I must also praise highly the amazing keyboard player who appeared to lose himself in the music whilst not playing one wrong note. Inspiring!

Colin Searle 118 days ago

Loved the show Viviana is a very talented singer with a lots of charisma. Joined by two musicians.Good luck with your last performance and I will follow you if you make appearances in London “bye-bye baby “

Brian Bromley 121 days ago

Really enjoyed this performance. Very intimate. If they’d put the seating in the shape of tables, I’d have thought that I was in a New York jazz club. Music was superb. Ms Zarbo has a voice of tender quality. Like the personal stories.

Dave B 121 days ago

This was an outstanding show three top notch performers gave a wonderful performance, the singer was beautiful, talented and gave amazing renditions of some of Marylin's classics and more. The keyboard player has music in his bones - also covering the bass on the keys. wow what a talent and the Sax player complemented the show perfectly.

Marilyn Remembered Fan Club 126 days ago

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an annual event in the capital city of Scotland, showcasing talents in all the major entertainment fields: music, comedy, theatre and dance. Throughout the years, there have been an array of productions about Marilyn Monroe being preformed at The Fringe, usually only focusing on the tragic side of the blonde actress and only ever being portrayed as the breathy, wiggly, giggly caricature in a badly fitting blonde wig and cheap white dress. This endless fascination with Marilyn’s untimely death and peoples need to constantly dramatise the night of August 4th 1962 always leaves the fans thinking.. “but what about her incredible LIFE?”

Enter singer Viviana Zarbo, who dared to think differently.

The synopsis of the show reads:

“Andy Warhol’s paintings, JFK’s birthday song, NYC subway grate upskirt, the list goes on. Marilyn’s icon is a blend of innocence and feminine sexuality. Despite her bombshell fame, Marilyn contributed to setting the standards of the jazz and swing golden age. 57 years after her death, Viviana Zarbo, who has had a lifelong fascination with the star, reinterprets her songs composed by geniuses like Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, in a personal way and devoid of clichés. By intertwining tales about Marilyn’s life with her own, Viviana recounts how her life was shaped by Marilyn’s songs.”

In “I Am Not Marilyn,” the title speaks for itself. Zarbo has created a show dedicated to Monroe, but there isn’t a trace of the blonde stereotype on stage before you. What you see before you is a proper, loving tribute to Marilyn’s talents as a singer. No gimmicks, no nothing… just an incredibly talented singer paying tribute to her idol. Viviana is accompanied on stage by two very talented musicians, both complimenting her sweet, sultry, velvet tones and we’re treated to beautiful renditions of Monroe’s finest songs such as “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend,” “I Wannabe Loved By You,” “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” and a hauntingly beautiful arrangement of “Kiss” from the movie ‘Niagara.’ Zarbo is a natural in front of an audience and looks every inch the Hollywood Goddess herself in two stunning outfit changes. It’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon in the city, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back into a bygone era and hopefully anyone who attends will have a new appreciation of Marilyn Monroe as a singer and not just an icon on screen.

Chatting to Viviana after the show, you can clearly tell she has a genuine passion for Marilyn and I truly wish her the best of success with her show!

Marilyn herself once said: ” I won’t be satisfied until people want to hear me sing without looking at me”, so I like to think that Monroe would definitely give this show her approval. You have until August 17th to catch this show, so don’t miss out!

El 127 days ago

I saw this show today and loved it. Ms Zarbo has a beautiful voice and her show is a respectful and heartfelt tribute to Marilyn Monroe. If you like Marilyn Monroe, or even just the music of that era, go and see it - you will not be disappointed!


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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 130 days ago

In Spring 1946, Norma Jeane Mortensen was a model for a shampoo commercial, stepping through the looking glass to become a blonde forever and soon her Hollywood alter ego Marilyn Monroe was born.   The Italian singer and actress, Viviana Zarbo has a passion for the American Song Book of...

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