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Smash 

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There is more drama behind the scenes than on stage, as the team prepares an ambitious Broadway musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe.

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Theresa Rebeck
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Debra Messing ...  Julia Houston 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Jack Davenport ...  Derek Wills 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Katharine McPhee ...  Karen Cartwright 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Christian Borle ...  Tom Levitt 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Megan Hilty ...  Ivy Lynn 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Anjelica Huston ...  Eileen Rand 32 episodes, 2012-2013
Savannah Wise ...  Jessica 29 episodes, 2012-2013
Wesley Taylor ...  Bobby 26 episodes, 2012-2013
Jenny Laroche Jenny Laroche ...  Dancer / ... 24 episodes, 2012-2013
Keith Kuhl Keith Kuhl ...  Dancer 24 episodes, 2012-2013
Leslie Odom Jr. ...  Sam Strickland 23 episodes, 2012-2013
Brian d'Arcy James ...  Frank Houston 18 episodes, 2012-2013
Ann Harada ...  Linda 18 episodes, 2012-2013
Jeremy Jordan ...  Jimmy Collins 17 episodes, 2013
Jaime Cepero ...  Ellis Boyd 16 episodes, 2012-2013
Joshua Bergasse Joshua Bergasse ...  Josh 16 episodes, 2012-2013
Raza Jaffrey ...  Dev Sundaram 15 episodes, 2012
Krysta Rodriguez ...  Ana Vargas 15 episodes, 2013
Michael Cristofer ...  Jerry Rand 15 episodes, 2012-2013
Phillip Spaeth ...  Dennis 15 episodes, 2012
Emory Cohen ...  Leo Houston 15 episodes, 2012-2013
Alexandra Hulme ...  Dancer 15 episodes, 2013
Andy Mientus ...  Kyle Bishop 14 episodes, 2013
Samantha Zack Samantha Zack ...  Dancer 14 episodes, 2013
J. Manuel Santos J. Manuel Santos ...  Dancer 14 episodes, 2012-2013
Thorsten Kaye ...  Nick Felder 13 episodes, 2012-2013
Nina Lafarga Nina Lafarga ...  Dancer / ... 13 episodes, 2012-2013
Reed Kelly Reed Kelly ...  Dancer 13 episodes, 2013
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Storyline

For a Broadway musical, the road to success is not easy. And winning the coveted Tony as Best Musical, which is the ultimate goal, is even more difficult. Such trials and tribulations are shown for a handful of shows, their creative teams and their performers. There is competition amongst the performers for roles, competition amongst the shows not only for box office but also limited investor dollars and that final Tony prize, and competition amongst those ultimately hired in the cast and crew for what they want to see happen in the show, both for the good of the show and their own personal benefit. And sometimes, personal life gets in the way of these professional goals. These problems not only happen for those new or working their ways up the ranks, such as performers Karen Cartwright and Ivy Lynn, and the writing team of Jimmy Collins and Kyle Bishop, but also seasoned veterans, such as the writing team of Tom Levitt and Julia Houston, womanizing director Derek Wills, and producer ... Written by Huggo

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Follow your dream. Watch your back. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Christian Borle cannot actually play the piano. In a 2013 interview, he explained that they muted the piano he was supposed to play, "for everyone's sake. Sometimes they don't- and it's really bad!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stevie TV: Episode #2.4 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Let Go
(uncredited)
Written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Performed by Jennifer Hudson
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Great Show
29 January 2012 | by ellis-278-641521See all my reviews

The production values alone are worth the price of admission, but this is also a show of clichés. You have the gay musical guy with his ever-grinning sycophant, who also came up with the idea for the musical, the harried wife/other musical person, the horny English director, who lives in apartment out of architectural digest, but is lonely and always on the look out for "fresh" faces and bodies to devour. On the other, we like the Indian boyfriend, we love the staging, the songs, the singing. As many have already indicated, it is the casting of McPhee that is the shows biggest issue. Having seen only one show, I only know that I felt she was out of her league, big time. This may be intentional, this may be the catch the producers are creating, and at some point McPhee becomes the smash. It's hard to imagine simply because McPhee doesn't really have the charisma to play the part. I like her, I like her voice, she just doesn't feel right for the part. That said, fun show and a worthy alternative to ever ballooning list of "singing" TV shows.


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