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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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Theresa Rebeck
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2013   2012  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kasszasiker See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The "Riedel" whom Julia calls a "Napoleonic little Nazi" and other characters complain about as well is a real person--Michael Riedel, the influential and feared theater columnist for The New York Post, who is well-known for his acerbic-to-scathing reporting on some shows. His writing has occasionally led to conflicts with the theater world off the page as well; one infamous example was when his negative opinion of the 2004 revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" led to the director of that production, David Leveaux, punching Riedel in front of a crowd at the theater district restaurant Angus McIndoe. The real Riedel signed a legal release before the first episode of "Smash" aired allowing the show to call him a "Napoleonic little Nazi." See more »

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Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Choked on Multi-Colored Scarves (2012) See more »

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Let's Be Bad
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Written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Performed by Megan Hilty
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Didn't want it to end.
23 January 2012 | by don-89-36870See all my reviews

Was surprised at how much I loved this. Can't really compare it to GLEE, it isn't anything similar. although i do love GLEE, it is just a cutsie little teenage show.

I did see one review that said there was too much singing and dancing, and that is what i loved about it. Love the story, Love the acting, Loved everything about it. I think the plot will carry it along.

Was totally surprised at how great job Katharine McPhee did. I wasn't too impressed with her in House Bunny, but WOW, I believe what they say in the show. She IS a star.

I was left at the end of the hour wanting more...


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