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Smash 

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More drama occurs 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:
Debra Messing ...  Julia Houston 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Jack Davenport ...  Derek Wills 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Katharine McPhee ...  Karen Cartwright 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Christian Borle ...  Tom Levitt 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Megan Hilty ...  Ivy Lynn 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Anjelica Huston ...  Eileen Rand 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Savannah Wise ...  Jessica 29 episodes, 2012-2013
Wesley Taylor ...  Bobby 26 episodes, 2012-2013
Jenny Laroche ...  Dancer / ... 24 episodes, 2012-2013
Keith Kuhl Keith Kuhl ...  Dancer 24 episodes, 2012-2013
Leslie Odom Jr. ...  Sam Strickland 23 episodes, 2012-2013
Brian d'Arcy James ...  Frank Houston 18 episodes, 2012-2013
Ann Harada ...  Linda 18 episodes, 2012-2013
Jeremy Jordan ...  Jimmy Collins 17 episodes, 2013
Jaime Cepero ...  Ellis Boyd 16 episodes, 2012-2013
Joshua Bergasse Joshua Bergasse ...  Josh 16 episodes, 2012-2013
Raza Jaffrey ...  Dev Sundaram 15 episodes, 2012
Krysta Rodriguez ...  Ana Vargas 15 episodes, 2013
Michael Cristofer ...  Jerry Rand 15 episodes, 2012-2013
Phillip Spaeth ...  Dennis 15 episodes, 2012
Emory Cohen ...  Leo Houston 15 episodes, 2012-2013
Alexandra Hulme ...  Dancer 15 episodes, 2013
Andy Mientus ...  Kyle Bishop 14 episodes, 2013
Samantha Zack Samantha Zack ...  Dancer 14 episodes, 2013
J. Manuel Santos J. Manuel Santos ...  Dancer 14 episodes, 2012-2013
Thorsten Kaye ...  Nick Felder 13 episodes, 2012-2013
Nina Lafarga Nina Lafarga ...  Dancer / ... 13 episodes, 2012-2013
Reed Kelly Reed Kelly ...  Dancer 13 episodes, 2013
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Storyline

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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Stars Aren't Born, They're Made See more »

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Drama | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Smash See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.80 (2012) See more »

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I Can't Let Go
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Written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Performed by Jennifer Hudson
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Smash is refreshing
23 February 2012 | by jmoranpc51See all my reviews

It is so good to have the option to see an upbeat musical instead of being limited to all of the police, vampire, garish and reality shows that have been taking over the networks these days. Katherine McPhee's performance is excellent. She is quite a refreshing actress and singer. The show is nicely geared towards the crowd that is over 16. Glee is much too young for me. I am 61. The show is very well done. The storyline is interesting and kind of reminiscent of the movie Fame. I am eager to tune into the next episode. I will be a loyal fan and hope that Smash becomes a long running show. It makes me smile and sing. We need more shows that can do that.


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