Smash, NBC’s backstage drama series which followed the production of a fictional Marilyn-inspired musical, will finally make it to Broadway for the 2024-25 season, as producers Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Steven Spielberg have confirmed, per the Hollywood Reporter.
“The production has tapped Susan Stroman, the Tony Award-winning director of The Producers, who is currently working on the new musical, New York, New York, as its director.
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the composers of Hairspray and the currently running Broadway musical, Some Like It Hot, are writing the score, which includes new material, as well as many songs the duo wrote for the television show, including the Emmy-nominated ‘Let Me Be Your Star.’
‘Smash is near and dear to my heart, and it was always my hope that a musical inspired by the show would eventually come to the stage. We now have an incredible creative team, and I’m looking forward to completing the Smash journey which began with my producing partners over ten years ago,’ Spielberg said.
The stage adaptation will also see its characters trying to create Bombshell, but the production says it will ‘also depart liberally from the series.’ Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and Bob Martin (The Prom) are writing the book to the musical. Joshua Bergasse, the choreographer for the television show, will reprise his role for the stage adaptation.
The Broadway show has been in the works for years. Greenblatt and other team members began talking about bringing the show to a bigger stage after a 2015 one-night charity benefit concert version of Bombshell, which featured performances by the television cast. It was announced for Broadway in 2020, and the team held a developmental workshop of the show last summer.”
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