Monday, January 16, 2012

SMASH. It's Going To Be a Smash!

I was invited to a see a screening of the new TV series SMASH this past week and folks, I’m telling you right now, you’re going to love this show. It truly is for everyone who’s ever had a dream. It’s the world no one gets to see; the joy, the heartbreak, and the hard knocks of trying to make it on Broadway done in a way that is beautiful, exciting, and incredibly inspiring.

Told from the viewpoint of its various characters – producer, director, writers, and actors – it starts at the very beginning; with an idea for a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The producers are a dream team of heavy-hitters that includes Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, producers of the films Chicago and Hairspray, Michael Mayer, director of Spring Awakening and American Idiot, Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, composer and lyricist of Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can, and Theresa Rebeck, the show’s creator, along with none other than Stephen Spielberg.

Spielberg says that he’s always had an interest in theatre and what fascinated him most was what goes on behind the scenes before the curtain ever goes up - the competition, the drama, the fights, the dreams, the disappointments, the egos – and if what I saw in the pilot continues, SMASH is going to be a smash.

It captures the energy of that world in a way that is relatable to everyone, whether or not you’re an artist yourself. It has characters and relationships you care about, dramatic tension that builds as you watch the story unfold, and musical numbers that are so full of energy you'll burst into applause in your living room (we did in the theatre!)

Plus, it's got a terrific cast!

~Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn, a veteran Broadway chorus girl looking for her big break as Marilyn

~Katherine McPhee as Karen Cartwright, the unknown singer from Iowa who just might take the role away from her

~Debra Messing as Julia Houston, one half of the writing duo of Marilyn the Musical along with Christian Borle as her writing partner Tom Levitt

~Brian D'Arcy James as Frank Houston, Julia's husband who thinks she’s taking a year off so they can adopt a child

~Jack Davenport as Derek Wills, the handsome, brilliant, womanizing director who doesn’t get along with Levitt…at all

~Anjelica Huston as Eileen Rand, the musical's producer currently going through a nasty divorce that could compromise everything

~Raza Jaffrey as Dev Sundaram, Karen's boyfriend, who works at the Mayor's office

~Jamie Cepero as Ellis, Levitt's new assistant, and somewhat responsible for the Marilyn musical idea

SMASH will premiere Monday, February 6th on NBC. Don’t miss it! For more clips, photos and exclusive information go to the show’s official website

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