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 ...
Stars Aren't Born, They're Made
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Did You Know?
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
The National Pastime
Written by Marc Shaiman
and Scott Wittman
Performed by Smash cast See more