A “Smash”ing new musical on the small screen

Just a quick public service announcement today. If you are a musical theater junkie and haven’t seen the trailer for the newly picked up NBC TV drama SMASH, you need to see it NOW!


Just press the the box on the bottom right to watch it full screen!

I got my hands on the script for the pilot episode and I must say, it peaked my interest. With plot lines that cover Broadway budgets, West End, demo recordings, casting, and more, viewers will get a crash course in what it takes to make a musical (or at least the sensationalized TV drama version). Real Broadway composing duo Shaiman & Whitman who wrote the music for the fictional show within the show say “it will be ‘Law and Order’ for Broadway.”

The show’s producer, Steven Spielberg, says if it goes on to future seasons they’ll feature a new Broadway show each year. As if that weren’t enough, it features (and therefore support the careers of ) REAL Broadway stars both on screen and behind the scenes!

Now if only we didn’t have to wait until 2012 to see it!



  1. Hmmm. Amazing cast. Angelica Huston and Jack Davenport seem perfect. Much as I loved Kat MacPhee on AI (and nice in-joke having her sing Over the Rainbow), the preview didn’t make me fall in love with her, which is what you want to do in a show like this. (Yeah, I know it’s only a preview, but the actress in Fox’s new series The New Girl did it in a shorter video.) I hope the inside view and the rest of the cast will make it compelling enough to last. And maybe MacPhee will grow on you. (And was it just me, or was it hard to figure out why she was such a hit with her Marilyn audition?)

    If this show is a hit, I bet it will be easier to raise money for Broadway for quite some time.

  2. With McPhee’s voice, Debra Messing’s comedic timing and Angelica Huston’s chops, it seems like this has a chance if the story line holds up. Hope so.

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