Smash (2012–2013)

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There is more drama behind the scenes than on stage, as the team prepares an ambitious Broadway musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe.


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Series cast summary:
 Julia Houston (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Derek Wills (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Karen Cartwright (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Tom Levitt (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Ivy Lynn (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Eileen Rand (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Jessica (29 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Bobby (26 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Dancer / ... (24 episodes, 2012-2013)
Keith Kuhl ...
 Dancer (24 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Sam Strickland (23 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Frank Houston (18 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Linda (18 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Jimmy Collins (17 episodes, 2013)
 Ellis Boyd (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
Joshua Bergasse ...
 Josh (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Dev Sundaram (15 episodes, 2012)
 Ana Vargas (15 episodes, 2013)
 Jerry Rand (15 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Dennis (15 episodes, 2012)
 Leo Houston (15 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Dancer (15 episodes, 2013)
 Kyle Bishop (14 episodes, 2013)
Samantha Zack ...
 Dancer (14 episodes, 2013)
J. Manuel Santos ...
 Dancer (14 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Nick Felder (13 episodes, 2012-2013)
Nina Lafarga ...
 Dancer / ... (13 episodes, 2012-2013)
Reed Kelly ...
 Dancer (13 episodes, 2013)


The road to and success on Broadway of the musical is not easy. And winning the coveted Tony as Best Musical is even more difficult, that which is the ultimate goal. Such trials and tribulations are shown for a handful of shows, their creative teams and their performers. There is competition amongst the performers for roles, competition amongst the shows not only for box office but also limited investor dollars and that final Tony prize, and competition amongst those ultimately hired in the cast and crew for what they want to see happen in the show, both for the good of the show and their own personal benefit. And sometimes, personal life gets in the way of these professional goals. These problems not only happen for those new or working their ways up the ranks, such as performers Karen Cartwright and Ivy Lynn, and the writing team of Jimmy Collins and Kyle Bishop, but also seasoned veterans, such as the writing team of Tom Levitt and Julia Houston, womanizing director Derek Wills, ... Written by Huggo

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There have been a few brief references to a previous (real-life) attempt at staging a musical about Marilyn Monroe. This was the massive flop "Marilyn: An American Fable," which ran at the Minskoff Theatre for only 34 previews and 17 performances in 1983. The show had a libretto by Patricia Michaels and music and lyrics by Jeanne Napoli, Doug Frank, Gary Portnoy, Beth Lawrence, and Norman Thalheimer. It was directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega, who went on to choreograph the movie Dirty Dancing, among other projects. The cast included Alyson Reed as Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe; Scott Bakula as Joe DiMaggio; Kristi Coombs as Young Norma Jean; and Will Gerard as Arthur Miller. See more »


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Written by Linda Perry
Performed by Katharine McPhee
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Didn't want it to end.
23 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Was surprised at how much I loved this. Can't really compare it to GLEE, it isn't anything similar. although i do love GLEE, it is just a cutsie little teenage show.

I did see one review that said there was too much singing and dancing, and that is what i loved about it. Love the story, Love the acting, Loved everything about it. I think the plot will carry it along.

Was totally surprised at how great job Katharine McPhee did. I wasn't too impressed with her in House Bunny, but WOW, I believe what they say in the show. She IS a star.

I was left at the end of the hour wanting more...

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