Smash, is it a hit?

Television show cycles ranges, some of the biggest hits have come in the musical genre.  With the success of Glee other shows have began to branch out like the NBC musical drama Smash.  Smash is in its second season from the creator Theresa Greenblatt and executive producer Steven Spielberg.

Smash’s first season enjoyed success with an Emmy Award for choreography and a Grammy and Golden Globe nomination.  The success can be attributed to the all-star cast featuring Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Anjeclia Huston and Katharine McPhee.

The series shows the trial and tribulations of a fictional New York theater’s efforts to create a new Broadway musical.  The new musical is based on he life of Marilyn Monroe.  The show revolves around three main character arches and how far they will go to get to Broadway. First is Julia Houston, Debra Messing, and writing partner Tom Levitt.  Julia and Tom are the writing team who came up with the Monroe show idea.  Second is Eileen Rand, Anjelica Huston, the producer who is in the middle of a nasty divorce from her powerful Broadway producer.  Eileen will do anything to get this show going to separate herself from her ex-husband. Third are Karen Cartwright, Katharine McPhee, and Ivy Lynn who are forced to compete for the coveted part of Marilyn.

These three character arches give for an interesting and drama filled first season. The second season premiered on February 5, 2013 and gave the audience more reasons to watch. With the introduction of Jeremy Jordan and Jennifer Hudson give the show fresh meat to learn about.

This show isn’t for everyone, but I enjoy it. There are moments when I wonder how authentic the show really is to New York Broadway.  I’ve never been to New York or a Broadway show but Smash gives the illusion of an inside look into a show. The casting of the characters is amazing; all the characters seem to fit perfectly into their roles. I would not recommend this show to people who do not like musicals because they will randomly breakout into song, like in this situation.  Smash is at least worth a shot for those of you who like musicals.


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