Pop diva dives into 'Prince'
This article was updated at 4:24 p.m.
Mariah Carey does Marilyn Monroe. On stage.
The pop diva goes into rehearsals this January for a London stage production of the vintage comedy “The Sleeping Prince.”
Movie buffs know the Terrence Rattigan play for its 1957 screen adaptation, “The Prince and the Showgirl,” starring Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. A year prior to the film’s release, “The Sleeping Prince” opened on Broadway with Barbara Bel Geddes and Michael Redgrave headlining a production that lasted only 60 performances.
Bel Geddes played a showgirl named Mary. For some reason, the character’s name got changed to Elsie by the time Monroe took on the role under the direction of Olivier.
Producer Bill Kenwright made the announcement regarding his Carey starrer at Sunday’s opening-night party for his Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” starring Ashley Judd and Jason Patric.
“The stage is appealing to stars,” the British producer said. “Mariah Carey wants to get rid of the glitz and tassels. She wants to be an actress. She’s not this diva.”
Kenwright was not so forthcoming on Carey’s leading man, director or what London venue would house “The Sleeping Prince.”
“I can’t tell you, not yet,” he said.
Both “The Sleeping Prince” and its movie version included a song, respectively “The Coconut Girl” and “I Am Glad.”
Will Carey’s chops also get a stage workout?
“Possibly,” Kenwright said.