‘Smash’ Musical Possibly Coming to Broadway
As previously reported, the musical NBC TV series Smash has been eyeing a Broadway run since 2020. Now, Variety reports that the musical stage adaptation, which will either be called Smash, A New Musical or Smash: The Musical, is planning a workshop for the summer, with producer Robert Greenblatt aiming for a 2024 Broadway run.
Smash composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will be returning to write the score and Smash choreographer Joshua Bergasse will be returning to do the choreography. Bob Martin and Rick Elice will be co-writing the book.
Variety adds that the musical will still follow writers Julia and Tom as they create the musical Bombshell, a new Broadway show about the life of Marilyn Monroe, but the storyline will be different from the series. Greenplatt also mentions that the musical will only be retaining original music from the series, which includes Let Me Be Your Star and They Just Keep Moving the Line, with a new song or two.
The original NBC series ran for two seasons from 2012 to 2013. Cast members from the show featured Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn, Katharine McPhee as Karen Cartwright, Debra Messing as Julia Houston, Christian Borle as Tom Levitt, Jack Davenport as Derek Wills, Anjelica Huston as Eileen Rand, Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Strickland, Brian d’Arcy James as Frank Houston, Jeremy Jordan as Jimmy Collins, Krysta Rodriguez as Ana Vargas, Andy Mientus as Kyle Bishop, and Will Chase as Michael Swift. Casting for the musical adaptation has yet to be announced.