The Wiz Live! producers Craig Zadan & Neil Meron: 'Once this airs, we’ll be jumping in on Bombshell'
We’re only a few weeks away from NBC’s Dec. 3 live production of the classic Broadway show The Wiz starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Ne-Yo. But what about producers’ Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s other highly anticipated project, Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe musical from Smash? IT’S. HAPPENING. A stage adaptation of Bombshell, the show within a show on NBC’s cult hit, was announced in June but little has been heard since then.
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.
Smash lives….well sorta!
Smash fans’ dreams came true earlier this week when the cast reunited for a one-night only concert performance of the show’s musical-within-the-musical, Bombshell. And the cast loved it, too.
“It was everything I’d hoped it to be,” Smash star Katharine McPhee told EW.
Some canceled TV shows get Netflix reboots, some get a last-minute save from Hulu, and others—like NBC’s infamously ill-fated 2012 musical dramedy, Smash— get a one-night-only reunion on Broadway.
Broadway was dark Monday night, as is tradition—everywhere but the Minskoff Theatre, that is. Normally, the Minskoff houses The Lion King, a boisterous crowd-pleaser that plays as well in Peoria as it does in Times Square. On Monday, though, it turned its stage over to something smaller and weirder: a one-night-only concert performance of Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe musical-within-a-musical featured on NBC’s dearly departed theater drama Smash.
Bombshell is using Kickstarter to help it get to Broadway.
Leave it to Smash – or at least Smash’s self-referential second season – to end on a winking note of meta commentary. The series’ last song is a cheeky, Chicago-esque duet that finds rivals Karen and Ivy putting aside their differences, donning matching dresses, and simultaneously delivering an important musical message:
“Give ‘em that big finish And they’ll forget what came before Just give ‘em that big finish But always keep one eye on the door …Let’s give ‘em that big finish And leave ‘em wanting more!”
Well, it’s official: In just two weeks, Smash will face its final curtain call.
The show’s cancellation has been a foregone conclusion for months now, ever since NBC announced that it was moving the musical drama to Saturday nights. And similarly, there’s not much left to say about how Smash repeatedly squandered its incredible potential. (For more on that, click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph.)
If a Jonathan Larson-inspired storyline falls in the woods (a.k.a. Saturday night around 8 p.m.), and it features two performers who were actually incredibly close to Larson when he died, but never sees fit to actually mention Larson’s name, does it make a sound?
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