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Smash Stage Musical, Directed by Susan Stroman, Plans 2024-2025 Broadway Run

The show will feature songs from the TV series by Marc Shaiman and Scott WIttman.

The marquee for the fake musical Bombshell in the TV series Smash
The marquee for the fake musical Bombshell in the TV series Smash
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Smash, a new musical inspired by the cult-favorite NBC drama series created by Theresa Rebeck, is heading to Broadway in the 2024-2025 season, producers Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron, and Steven Spielberg have announced.

As previously reported, Smash will have a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who penned the musical numbers for the television show, with a book by Rick Elice and Bob Martin. Susan Stroman will direct the production, with Joshua Bergasse repeating his duties as choreographer from the series.

This stage production will “depart liberally” from the TV version, though it will still follow the process of mounting a Marilyn Monroe biomusical titled Bombshell. Many of the songs Shaiman and Wittman wrote for the screen, including the anthemic “Let Me Be Your Star,” will be used alongside new material. (“Let’s Be Bad,” which was also featured on the Smash television show, is currently on stage in Shaiman and Wittman’s Some Like It Hot at the Shubert Theatre.)

Further details will be announced in the future. A reading took place in the spring of 2022 with a cast reportedly led by Megan Hilty, Beth Leavel, and Brooks Ashmanskas.

Smash aired on NBC in 2012 and 2013 and told the story of a group of creatives putting together a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. The second season, which was run by Joshua Safran, followed the show’s journey to the Tony Awards, while also focusing on its competition.