Monroe Machine

The TV show “Smash” and the movie “My Week with Marilyn” have me on a little bit of  a Marilyn Monroe kick. Watching Monday’s episode of “Smash,” I wondered if Megan Hilty was imitating Marilyn or if she was imitating Michele Williams’ portrayal of Marilyn. I plan to seek out some original Marilyn Monroe movies to see the real deal.

Movie-themed items in room below Capitol Theatre stage Half of Einstein Simplified performed at the Capitol Theatre on Tuesday night. The rooms under the stage are decorated with Hollywood-themed items and gaming tables. A large Hollywood sign and a statue of Marilyn from “The Seven Year Itch” dominate the room.

They have several paintings of Marilyn, Elvis Presley, James Dean and Humphrey Bogart together. In one, they are at a bar. In another, they’re playing poker. The combination confuses me. Dean died in 1955 at age 24. Bogart died in 1957 at age 57. Monroe died in 1962 at age 36. Presley died in 1977 at age 42. The same four were poorly represented at a wax museum in Gatlinburg a few years ago.

There are interesting items everywhere you look. Two of my favorites were a leg lamp like the one from “A Christmas Story” and a framed photograph of the Nicholas Brothers dancing to “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”

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