Watch: Broadway's Upcoming Smash Musical Drops a Teaser Trailer | Playbill

Video Watch: Broadway's Upcoming Smash Musical Drops a Teaser Trailer

The stage musical adapted from the infamous NBC series is set to hit the stage in spring 2025.

Fade in on a theatre fan who's been waiting for Smash to come to Broadway since the first of 40,000 (give or take) announcements years ago.

Following tease after tease, the Smash stage musical finally became real more than a year ago, when producers Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron, and Steven Spielberg revealed the infamous two-season NBC series would come to Broadway in the 2024-2025 season. One year and two workshops later, they're still teasing us, but this time with a teaser trailer that reveals the musical will open next spring. Watch above.

The theatre-centric series' long journey to the stage has shifted from a fully realized production of the series' fictional Marilyn Monroe bio-musical Bombshell (which did play a one-night-only benefit concert in 2015) to a musical adaptation of the NBC series. Many of the TV show's songs join new tunes by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. It's unclear if "Let's Be Bad," written for Smash but interpolated into the Broadway score of the Some Like It Hot musical, will be included—though the duo left room for that possibility speaking to Playbill about it in 2022.

The plot of the upcoming musical reportedly differs from the TV series, though it will still track the development of a fictional Marilyn Monroe bio-musical. The book is being written by Bob Martin (The Prom) and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), with Susan Stroman directing. Joshua Bergasse will choreograph after winning an Emmy for his work on the original series.

The show, which aired on NBC for two seasons beginning in 2012, followed writers Julia and Tom, loosely modeled on Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, creating a fictitious musical about screen icon Marilyn Monroe, with the first season following the fight for the lead between newcomer Karen Cartwright and seasoned chorus girl Ivy Lynn.

Smash is being produced by Greenblatt, Meron, and Spielberg, all of whom worked on the Theresa Rebeck-created series, along with one-time series guest star Jennifer Hudson.


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