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SMASH’s BOMBSHELL is Being Developed as a Real Musical

June 22, 2015 by  


Cancellation was just the beginning for SMASH.

Though the series was axed by NBC in 2013 (after being shifted to Saturdays), the show has lived on in various performances throughout the years — the recent Actors Fund benefit that featured BOMBSHELL’s music (and the show’s cast performing it), as well as a lower-key HIT LIST performance. And now Universal Stage Productions has announced that they have started production on a real BOMBSHELL musical.

“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 Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “‘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.”

“We are so thrilled that ‘Smash’ isn’t over and that ‘Bombshell’ gets to live on,” said SMASH producer Craig Zadan, who, alongside, Neil Meron, will serve as the lead producers of  BOMBSHELL.  “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.”

Added Meron: “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. Now he will get the chance to reimagine his exhilarating ‘Bombshell’ dances for the theatre.”

And while the cast was phenomenal in their respective BOMBSHELL roles, NBC cautions “no casting has been announced and no one from the cast of “Smash” is involved in the stage musical at this point.”

Will you see BOMBSHELL?

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