Smash came to an abrupt end two years ago, but the former NBC series has had a recent Renaissance on Broadway. Earlier this month, the cast staged a performance of Bombshell, the musical within the show about the life of Marilyn Monroe. The whole cast returned for the June 8 event, and according to Smash star Megan Hilty, the muscle memory was still there.
“In the rehearsal studio it was like ‘I actually remember this,’” Hilty told EW at Monday night’s Voices for the Voiceless: Stars for Foster Kids event. “It was kind of strange, but really, really awesome. It was like all the best parts of Smash that we got to do.”
Fans loved the one-night-only performance so much that Smash executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also produced the Bombshell concert, are developing a stage musical with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).
“I’m really glad all that great material is going to be heard possibly eight times a week here on Broadway,” Hilty says. “These songs are genius and incredible and beautiful and I’m really glad they have a life after Smash.”
Hilty, accompanied by Shaiman, did perform “Second Hand White Baby Grand” from Bombshell at the Voices for the Voiceless concert, and will return to the stage this fall for a one-night-only-engagement of Annie Get Your Gun. The actress also hinted at another, possibly longer running project, that’s being kept under wraps for now. “I’m doing something else,” Hilty says, “but it’s going to be announced next week.”
Smash fans can only hope it’s another Bombshell concert to hold them over until the production hits Broadway.
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