It’s not often a drama that has premiered on Pay TV gets a run on Free to Air, let alone in the same year.
Smash is one of my favourite new shows of 2012.
Not only does it have some terrific musical numbers, including original songs that are true to music theatre style, but the characters embark on some clever story arcs that reflect the “show within a show.” Smash may not be for everyone, but it was constantly surprising.
And the two female leads are a knockout.
Smash celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theatre as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire – to be a “smash”. Evolving from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar-award winner Steven Spielberg (ER, Schindler’s List), the series unites the hit-making Broadway writing team of Julia Houston (Debra Messing, Emmy winner, Will & Grace) and Tom Levitt (Christian Borle, Legally Blonde: The Musical) with producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston, Oscar winner, Prizzi’s Honor) to create a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and seasoned chorus girl Ivy Lynn (Hilty, Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical) vies with newcomer Karen Cartwright (McPhee, American Idol) for the role of a lifetime.
The cast also features Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean films), Raza Jaffrey (MI-5, Sex and the City 2), Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek the Musical) and Jaime Cepero (Porgy & Bess).
In addition to Spielberg, the executive producers include Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius), David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago, Hairspray), Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (United States of Tara, The Borgias) and Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can).
9:30pm Tuesday August 28 on Seven.