‘Smash’ Cast Reunites for ‘Bombshell’ on Broadway

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The show-within-the-show became the show on June 8, when the cast of NBC series “Smash” reunited to present a song-and-dance concert version of “Bombshell,” the musical whose road to Broadway was depicted in the TV series.

The one-night-only event at the Broadway’s Minskoff Theater (home to “The Lion King”) was presented as a fundraiser benefitting the Actors Fund. Looking to defer costs of the event, the Actors Fund raised more than $300,000 on Kickstarter from “Smash” fans panting to make “Bombshell” happen — and the goal had only been $50,000. “This is the largest theater Kickstarter in history,” noted Christian Borle, a cast member of the TV show (and one of the winners at the Tony Awards the previous night).

“Maybe if NBC had used Kickstarter instead of sponsors, we’d still be on the air right now,” cracked Debra Messing, Borle’s costar on the show.

Borle and Messing played the composer and book-writer/lyricist, respectively, of the fictional Marilyn Monroe bio-musical “Bombshell.” “You are about to hear the score for ‘Bombshell’ that we wrote,” she joked, referring to herself and Borle. “I’m still working on the book.”

Actually, the “Hairspray” duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman penned the songs, and there never really was a book written for the show-within-the-show. So the concert strung together the pre-existing tunes with biographical texts written by Marilyn and her friends and lovers, like Lee Strasbourg and Arthur Miller.

It was all there, from the signature song “Let Me Be Your Star” to a “Big Finish” encore, with Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee trading off in the role of Marilyn. Jeremy Jordan brought down the house with “Cut, Print… Moving On,” and the suggestive choreography in “The National Pastime” got a lot more risqué than broadcast television would ever allow. Brian d’Arcy James, Leslie Odom Jr., Ann Harada and Wesley Taylor also showed up to sing a song or two, and shoutouts were made to everyone from series creator Theresa Rebeck to NBC chief Robert Greenblatt to “Smash” executive producers Steven Spielberg, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

The full-length evening, which included several of Josh Bergasse’s fully choreographed dance sequences, closed with Shaiman and Wittman arriving onstage to take the mic. “What you saw tonight was the best part of ‘Smash’ for us,” Wittman said. “It was being in the room with all of these incredible people.”

The whole thing made Shaiman get downright emotional. “I hate this word on Facebook, but we are so blessed,” he said.

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  1. This was always the plan from the conception of the series, but I had thought it had been scrapped when the series got canceled.

  2. Arjaytoo says:

    I wish there was some way for Smash to return. I was one of those that, unfortunately, only became a fan after it was already cancelled when I watched it on DVD.

  3. Would have loved to see this, but alas I couldn’t travel to NY or for that matter getting a ticket was nearly impossible. I really hate the unions but even more so because it is all on them as to why this show wasn’t shared either via PPV or in a movie theater let alone recorded for DVD. Shame on all those unions

  4. Kathie Stockburger says:

    Think this was brilliant! Loved the TV show – would have loved to have seen the production on the 8th! Day after the TONY’s – city full of celebs…..can’t get any better than that! Bravo Bombshell! Bravo NYC! Bravo all who support musical theatre!!!!

  5. JSintheStates says:

    Dreamworks trying to recover investment funds? Spielberg go home!

  6. Jennifer Murray says:

    I would love to see them bring the show to Chicago!!!

  7. Vince May says:

    Bring the show to Pantages in Hollywood CA.

  8. Grace Tirado says:

    Yes a DVD would be amazing not just for the fans but to continue to raise money for the Actors’ Fund.

  9. Natalie Bush says:

    I also would be hoping that someone recorded this awesome occasion so that we can all see it!! I was/still am a HUGE fan of SMASH!! It was so disappointing when they cancelled this remarkable show, and I do have both season 1 and 2 on DVD, but seeing all the music and dancing from the show in this Broadway special would really be amazing!

  10. Please tell me there will be a DVD so the rest of us can see it. I loved Smash!!

  11. John Chirico says:

    i am a single straight male age 50 who loved the t.v. series and had to experience the musical. it was a blessing to be there to see it all come to life. the songs were perfection and the dancing was intense. this was better than most broadway shows and was put on for free. few things in life are memorable through the years but this night will be. it pains me to see such talent disappear when so many terrible t.v. shows keep getting renewed. i do believe in miracles and perhaps someday a wise person will find a way to continue this on as in real life so does Marilyn.

  12. BarkStar says:

    Still waitin’ for them to do “The Hit List” too.

    • Jack Dutt says:

      Seriously, did they not put the show on video for the rest of us to see? I’m sure there are union or other “issues”, but for a charity like this couldn’t they come to some agreement? Put it on PPV or something? What a waste to pull all that talent together for one night and then let their performances float away into the ether. So sad.

  13. Judy Spagnola says:

    Fans were not able to get tickets which seemed to be the objective to keep a closed audience. Yet devoted fans helped bring attention to these Broadway stars. Unless you were able to pay $3000 up you were out of luck. But am glad this show saluted its self

    • Gavin says:

      I took some determination, but we got tickets for $200 each. Just fans and there were plenty of others like us there. It was an amazing show, but I do sympathize with those unable to see who wanted a DVD.

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