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)


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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16 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was reluctant to watch this show as I thought it was going to be a failed attempt at another glee type show, however when I found out Katherine Mcphee in it I was immediately intrigued so I gave it a chance and I am so glad that I did, I like how a lot of the music is new songs written for the show, however they are not the main focus, it is about the process of making a Broadway show with a lot of musical scenes to make it even better, and the singers and actors are all incredible.

I have really enjoyed learning more about the behind the scenes of Broadway, but its not too much that you get confused or sick of it, you really fall in love/hate with the characters. The characters are also very complex which I love, you never know what one of them is going to do next

I never realised before how amazing Debra Messing is until this show, her acting is fantastic, and Megan Hilty is such a star. Any comparisons to Glee are simply because they both involve music, however they focus on entirely different things, SMASH is very mature and will easily appeal to an older audience, glee however is for teens and kids (like me, I love glee!) but this show is much more dramatic.

I watched the whole of series 1 in 2 days and as soon as I finished it I wanted to watch it again, which is exactly what I did!

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