Joshua Bergasse will choreograph Spielberg’s “Smash”

PLAYBILL:  Joshua Bergasse, the choreographer who was seen as a dancer in Broadway’s The Life and Hairspray and on tour in Movin’ Out and West Side Story, will choreograph the first season of the new NBC series “Smash,” the scripted drama-with-music series about the making of a musical.

Bergasse’s athletic work is seen in the series pilot, penned by Theresa Rebeck, in which a musical about Marilyn Monroe is being developed by a disparate group of theatre people. One athletic number in the pilot involves a rehearsal/workshop sequence (choreographed by Bergasse) showing Megan Hilty (playing an actress in full Marilyn regalia) dancing with dancers playing baseball players representing the world of Monroe’s New York Yankee ballplayer husband Joe DiMaggio.

“Smash” will launch on NBC Feb. 6, 2012, at 10 PM ET.

The scripted drama about the subculture of musical theatre people is the brainchild of Steven Spielberg. Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebeck (Mauritius, “NYPD Blue”) penned the pilot episode, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot). A bullpen of writers, including some with theatre chops (1001‘s Jason Grote, for example), has been assembled.

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