In a case of life imitating art imitating life, curvy blonde Broadway vet Megan Hilty — who portrays the non-Katharine McPhee ingenue vying for the lead in a Marilyn Monroe stage biopic on NBC’s Smash — will play Lorelei Lee in the Encores! revival of Anita Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at New York City Center this spring.
Monroe played the part of Lorelei — originated by Carol Channing in the 1949 stage production — in Howard Hawks’ 1953 musical adaptation. It is widely considered one of her most iconic roles, and includes her sexy rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” which she sang in the oft-imitated strapless pink dress (think: Madonna’s “Material Girl” video) while surrounded by several handsome men in tuxedos. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes will play at New York City Center from May 9 through May 13.