‘Smash, A New Musical’ Set To Hit The Broadway Stage
Smash, A New Musical is officially going to be on Broadway. This was announced on May 21, the day after the one night only stream of the Bombshell Concert from 2015 on NBC.
Producers Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron explained that they are currently developing a musical based on the NBC television show. It will follow the same basic plotline as the show, which is the mounting of a Marilyn Monroe musical titled Bombshell and will use the same characters such as Ivy played by Megan Hilty and Karen portrayed by Katharine McPhee. However, it is unclear if Smash, A New Musical’s original cast will be featured in the production.
The press releases about the musical explains that the Broadway show will “depart liberally from the series.” However, it will include songs from television such as “Let Me Be Your Star.” Other songs written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who wrote for the series, will also be used.
Smash, A New Musical premiered in 2012 and received positive feedback at first, but soon lost audience and was cancelled after the second season. After the this, Smash, A New Musical grew a cult-like following which lead to the Bombshell Concert in 2015. The event was one night at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway and was sold out. The concert streamed on NBC on May 20, 2020.
In 2012, Spielberg hinted at a Broadway rendition Smash, A New Musical. He told New York Magazine, “I am personally thrilled to be a part of this musical and its road to Broadway. Smash is near and dear to my heart, and it seems fitting that a new musical inspired by what we did on the show would eventually come to the stage. I’m beyond thrilled to be working with this incredible creative team and my producing partners, who began the Smash journey with me over 10 years ago.”
Production dates for the Broadway show have not been set yet. Broadway itself remains closed until least September due to COVID-19.