Remember Smash? It Might Just End Up on Broadway

Warm up those pipes—because Smash may be on its way back! The NBC musical drama, which ended its run in 2013, is gearing up for a real-life Broadway run. Get all the details here!

By Daniel Trainor May 23, 2022 9:09 PMTags

We've got some bombshell news—literally.

Smash, the musical drama that ran on NBC for two seasons from 2012 to 2013 and chronicled the making of the fictional Marilyn Monroe musical Bombshell, might be heading to Broadway, according to the show's original executive producer and its composer. 

On May 22, producer Neil Meron, who also produced the 2002 film adaptation of Chicago and the 2007 film adaptation of Hairspray, shared a series of photos and videos from a live reading of a stage version of Smash.

Meron captioned the post: "#Smash is alive and kicking! Last week @bobgreenblattpics myself and an unnamed producing partner, who has many incredible movie credits on his resume, proudly assembled this creative team that is breathing new life into our tv series"

That "unnamed producing partner" that Meron is referencing? None other than film icon Steven Spielberg! The Academy Award-winning director, who is featured in photos from the reading, is coming off his acclaimed revival of West Side Story. He's clearly got the Broadway bug! 

Stars on Stage: Broadway & Beyond

Participants in the reading included original Smash stars Megan Hilty and Krysta Rodriguez alongside an impressive cast of Broadway stars. Katharine McPhee, who played Karen Cartwright on both seasons of the show, was not present. 

Marc Shaiman, who worked as composer and lyricist on the show, shared his own photos and videos from the live reading—and he left Smash fans with some very exciting words.

"We have no concrete plans yet, this was just the first reading," he wrote, "but I think I can safely say that, unless the world ends soon, you really will get to see SMASH on Broadway sooner than later!"

Let's cross our fingers for the fate of the world!

In 2015, the cast of the show—including McPhee and fan favorites Debra Messing, Christian Borle and Leslie Odom Jr.reunited at a charity event for The Actors Fund and again for a separate charity livestream in May 2020.

Here's hoping the next time is under the bright lights of Broadway.



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