Smash: A New Musical, inspired by the television series, announces Broadway run
Songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will bring songs from their original score to the stage.
It’s finally time to let them be your stars. On the heels of a livestream of the 2015 Bombshell concert, producers Steven Spielberg, Neil Meron, and Robert Greenblatt announced that Smash: A New Musical is finally ready for Broadway.
The new production, which is inspired by the 2013 NBC behind-the-scenes drama, brings the series’ songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the show’s choreographer Joshua Bergasse, and new book writing team Rick Elice and Bob Martin. While concert productions of the shows within a show, Hit List and Bombshell, have been produced in the past and ignited speculation as to whether those musicals would come to Broadway, Smash: A New Musical is bringing the making-of story to the stage.
The plot will follow the ups and downs of mounting the Marilyn Monroe musical Bombshell, and vying starlets Karen Carpenter and Ivy Lynn, along with songwriting team Julia and Tom, will be central to the story, but new details are under wraps at this time. Many of the original songs from the series, including “Let Me Be Your Star,” will also be part of the show.
“I am personally thrilled to be a part of this musical and its road to Broadway,” producer Spielberg said in a press release. “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 ten years ago.”
Producer Meron added: “Speaking for myself and Bob Greenblatt, our partner when he was running NBC, we’re thrilled Steven wanted to embark on this musical with us. We’ve all felt that Shaiman and Wittman’s incredible score for Smash belonged on Broadway.”
Development for the musical is in process, and no production dates have been announced at this time.