Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty in “Smash”
(Photo: c/o NBC)
Review this mambo from 20th Century Fox! Updates on previously announced announcements To break the musicals have arrived. Variety reports that a summer workshop is planned for the musical adaptation of the fan-favorite NBC show. The main producers of the musical are Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron. Greenblatt revealed that they are aiming for a 2023 Broadway opening, with the show being titled either Smash, a new musical Where Smash: the musical.
“They’ve delivered a draft that I’m very excited about, and now we’re in the process of setting up our first workshop, which is, you know, the first stage of a musical where you just get a cast together, read the script and perform the score just for the producers,” Greenblatt said. Variety. “It will most likely happen at some point this summer.”
Greenblatt did not share casting information for the workshop, noting that attendees would likely include “actors who are our friends, that will do us a favor. It’s really not meant to be the cast of the show yet. So we are a few steps away from getting there.
The musical will follow writers Julia and Tom (played on TV by Debra Messing and Christian Borle) as they create Bomb, but the scenario will be different. Bob Martin and Rick Elice will co-write the book.
The Broadway show reunites Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who wrote more than two dozen songs for the TV series and will provide the score. “Those are most of the songs that Shaiman and Wittman wrote for the TV show,” Greenblatt said. “They’re all used in different places and sung by different characters in this new version, but that’s the score from the TV show.”
The original short story of a To break the musical followed the May 20, 2020 online event featuring the 2015 Bombshell: in concert benefit for The Actors Fund.
“I’ll be there with my 16 bars, I’m ready to audition” To break star Katharine McPhee previously told Broadway.com about the musical. “The fans are going to go wild, it makes me really happy. I think of the reaction of the whole cast: they are going to be so excited. It’s going to be the best opening night ever!”