It is officially confirmed! There is a new musical in the works for Broadway and it’s based on the NBC series Smash. In short it means that we will get a Broadway musical about the production of a Broadway musical, which is about the life of Marilyn Monroe. And it will be produced by Steven Spielberg.
The Smash series debuted in February 2012 and had 32 episodes in total, over two seasons. The series enjoyed critical success, including receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The show’s iconic song “Let Me Be Your Star” even got a Grammy nomination at that time. Luckily it has already been confirmed, that even though the story will “depart liberally from the series”, this song will be in the new musical.
In addition to Spielberg, it has also been confirmed that other team members from the TV series will be on board for the new Smash project including Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who will be returning to score the show. In a statement, Spielberg said that he is “personally thrilled to be a part of this musical and its road to Broadway,” reports Entertainment Weekly.
He points out that the upcoming musical will be a special project for him. “Smash is near and dear to my heart, and it seems fitting that a new musical inspired by what we did on the show would eventually come to the stage. I’m beyond thrilled to be working with this incredible creative team and my producing partners, who began the Smash journey with me over 10 years ago.”
Bob Martin, who worked on The Prom, will be writing the book for the musical together with Rick Elice, whose previous work includes Jersey Boys. Joshua Bergasse, the choreographer of the TV series will return for the musical.
There aren’t any official dates for now for the production or even the run itself as, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Broadway theaters remain closed. But we will keep an eye on this one and can’t wait for the next big Broadway musical.
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