According to TVLine.com’s Matt Mitovich, NBC’s highly anticipated new musical series SMASH will premiere on February 6 at 10 PM, and BroadwayWorld couldn’t be more excited for the big day!
Smash, which is about a group of people who come together to put on a Broadway musical was developed by NBC’s Robert Greenblatt, Steven Spielberg, and Broadway producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Broadway’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman – whose latest venture, Catch Me If You Can, is now running at the Neil Simon Theatre – wrote the music for the show.Michael Mayer directed the project, and playwright Theresa Rebeck penned the script.
The plot will follow an out-of-town tryout of a Broadway musical, and centers around a songwriting team (Debra Messing and Christian Borle) who write a musical about Marilyn Monroe based on an offhanded remark. They post a showstopping number on YouTube. When it’s a viral hit, a producer (Anjelica Huston) who’s looking to recapture success long past decides to produce the musical. There are two choices to play Marilyn: Karen (Katharine McPhee), a talented young newcomer, and Ivy (Megan Hilty), a theater veteran. Brian d’Arcy James has also been cast as Debra Messing’s character’s husband.
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