Let them be your stars! Smash It only lasted two seasons, but that was enough time for it to develop a cult following and a real-life Broadway musical.
The musical drama premiered on NBC in February 2012 and followed a group of producers developing a Broadway show titled BombBased on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Debra Messing played Julia Houston, the co-writer of the fictional musical, while the real-life Broadway star Christian Borle appeared as composer Tom Levitt.
As the musical was being put together, the producers were fighting over who would play the role of Monroe: Ivy Lynn (megan hilty), a seasoned theater veteran, or Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee), an inexperienced upstart from Iowa who gets her audition.
Smash was critically acclaimed when it premiered, but reviews and ratings dipped as the show progressed. Although NBC canceled the series in May 2013 after only 32 episodes, the Smash The fan base remained active online, and the show became a cult favorite. References to the latter series also appeared in other television shows, such as during a 2017 episode of Girls where Elijah (Andrew Rannells) auditioned for a musical with her rendition of “Let Me Be Your Star”, possibly SmashThe most famous song of .
“Coming from that Broadway world, I know all those people that are on that TV show,” he said. Girls 5Eve star explained during a March 2017 interview with Jimmy Fallon. “I knew all those people, and it was a show that everyone watched.” Rannells added that the legendary Broadway composer Marc Shaymanwho co-wrote the tune, gave him his first job in the musical hair spray.
In 2015, the Smash The cast reunited for a sold-out one night only feature called bomb in concert. They repeated the event again in 2020 for a virtual concert to benefit The Actors Fund, a charity that supports performing arts workers in need.
Speculation about a full Broadway adaptation of Smash have circulated for years, and in May 2022, Shaiman claimed that the project is still “alive and kicking” after many delays. “We don’t have any concrete plans yet,” the Tony Award winner wrote via Instagram at the time. “This was only the first reading, but I think I can safely say that unless the world ends soon, you will really be able to see Smash on Broadway sooner rather than later!”
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