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)
Keith Kuhl ...
 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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 Dancer (15 episodes, 2013)
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 Kyle Bishop (14 episodes, 2013)
Samantha Zack ...
 Dancer (14 episodes, 2013)
J. Manuel Santos ...
 Dancer (14 episodes, 2012-2013)
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 Nick Felder (13 episodes, 2012-2013)
Nina Lafarga ...
 Dancer / ... (13 episodes, 2012-2013)
Reed Kelly ...
 Dancer (13 episodes, 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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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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Referenced in 30 Rock: What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year? (2012) See more »

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Good for You (Smash Cast Version) [Feat. Katharine McPhee]
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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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