Steven Spielberg has admitted that most people wouldn’t think of him in connection to a program about Broadway musicals, but insists he has always had an interest in the stage.
The legendary director is an executive producer on NBC’s upcoming musical series Smash, which premiered on Monday, February 6 at 10/9c on NBC.
“I’ve worked in a lot of genres and I’m sure I’m not the first person who comes to mind when you think of Broadway musical theatre. The truth is I’ve always had an interest in theatre, but what goes on behind all of that, before the curtain even goes up, is something that’s all together different.
“It’s that creative process that really fascinated me. [I thought] the competition, the creativity, the fights, arguments, dreams, egos, disappointments, energy would make a very compelling story, and a compelling story on a weekly basis, one that a television series could probably most effectively tell.”
Smash, which stars Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee and Anjelica Huston, revolves around preparations to stage a new Broadway musical focusing on the life of Marilyn Monroe.