12:42pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'Smash' Musical 'Bombshell' Could End Up on Broadway After All
Smash cannot be silenced. Two years after the NBC drama's cancelation, a recent Actors Fund staging featuring its original music has sparked interest in full-on musical staging.
Though no book writer or cast members from the series (i.e. stars Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty) are attached at this time, and it's only in development, the production would be an iteration of the drama's meta Marilyn Monroe bio-musical, Bombshell.
“There is a still a lot of love for Smash and a rabid fan base out there, and we’re thrilled to be able to keep the dream alive as we work towards bringing Bombshell to theatre audiences,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. “Smash was ambitious because every episode was a complicated musical for television, and we also built the foundation of the musical-within-the-musical about Marilyn’s endlessly fascinating and tumultuous life. Over the course of two seasons an entire Bombshell score was written to service Smash storylines, and now that show will have a chance to stand on its own.”
The production, under Universal Stage Productions, follows just a few weeks on the heels of the Actors Fund benefit that the New York Post dubbed "the best Broadway musical that doesn’t exist."
“We are so thrilled that Smash isn’t over and that Bombshell gets to live on,” said Craig Zadan, returning as lead producer with partner Neil Meron. “The Emmy-nominated songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, including the iconic Let Me Be Your Star, are every bit the caliber of their Tony- and Grammy-winning Broadway work. The Actors Fund benefit reinforced how alive this material is on stage and how much the audience wants to see the Marilyn Monroe musical in its entirety.”
“As life imitates art, Joshua Bergasse, our brilliant Emmy-winning choreographer from Smash, actually made his Broadway debut this season as a choreographer and was nominated for a Tony Award," added Meron. "Now he will get the chance to re-imagine his exhilarating Bombshell dances for the theatre.”
It is not the only NBC property with eyes for Broadway. Earlier this year, Greenblatt announced plans for an Underground Railroad miniseries and tie-in musical with Stevie Wonder.