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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 Julia Houston (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Derek Wills (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Karen Cartwright (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Tom Levitt (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Ivy Lynn (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Eileen Rand (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Jessica (29 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Bobby (26 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Dancer (24 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Sam Strickland (23 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Frank Houston (18 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Linda (18 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Jimmy Collins (17 episodes, 2013)
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 Ellis Boyd (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Josh (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Dev Sundaram (15 episodes, 2012)
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 Ana Vargas (15 episodes, 2013)
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 Jerry Rand (15 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Dennis (15 episodes, 2012)
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 Leo Houston (15 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Kyle Bishop (14 episodes, 2013)
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 Nick Felder (13 episodes, 2012-2013)
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For a Broadway musical, the road to success is not easy. And winning the coveted Tony as Best Musical, which is the ultimate goal, is even more difficult. 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, and producer ... Written by Huggo

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Several of the actors on Smash have actually performed in Broadway musicals. Megan Hilty played Glinda in Wicked and originated the role of Doralee in 9 to 5. Christian Borle was in the original casts of Spamalot and Peter and the Starcatcher, and originated the role of Emmett in Legally Blonde. Brian d'Arcy James was in the original casts of Titanic, the revival of The Apple Tree, and played the title role in Shrek. Wesley Taylor was in the original casts of Rock of Ages and The Addams Family. Will Chase has been in Rent, Aida, The Full Monty, and Billy Elliot. Ann Harada (Linda) originated the role of Christmas Eve in the puppet musical "Avenue Q." Anjelica Huston has never been in a Broadway musical, but in 1969 she played Ophelia in a Broadway production of Hamlet, and Leslie Odom Jr. Played Aaron Burr in "Hamilton" which he won the Tony Award for best actor for his performance. See more »

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Referenced in More: Episode #1.3 (2013) See more »

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A Disappoining Season
22 March 2013 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

Last season, I would have given this program a much higher rating, but this season just keeps going from bad to worse. My favorite shows are always character driven. I become deeply involved with the characters in the story. I actually care what happens to them.

In this program the only character even worth watching is Ivy. The rest are all written as stereotypes. I say this with the deepest respect for the actors. You're only as good as you're written. I'm so tired of seeing great talent wasted on redundant story lines, predictable outcomes, and bad casting. I don't care about them any more. They have no depth, no ability to draw me in.

The stories are also all over the place. Instead of focusing in and giving us one or two great subplots, we now have at least five subplots going, and none of them are intriguing, much less relevant. It's just sad.

The music and dancing are fun, but that's not enough. Give us real characters to watch. Trust that your audience can deal with real people and real situations. This season the show is lacking in focus, devoid of any depth, and not humorous enough to support the cartoon characters it is giving us.


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