Fans of Smash are in for a treat! NBC has announced that they are currently developing a musical based on Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe musical that originated in the series.
Following the well-received Actors Fund benefit that featured the music of Bombshell from the NBC television series Smash, including the New Yorker proclaiming it “the best Broadway musical that doesn’t exist,” Universal Stage Productions has taken the hint and begun development on Bombshell as a stage musical…in real life.
“There is a still a lot of love for Smash and a rabid fan base out there, and we’re thrilled to be able to keep the dream alive as we work towards bringing Bombshell to theatre audiences,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “Smash was ambitious because every episode was a complicated musical for television and we also built the foundation of the musical-within-the-musical about Marilyn’s endlessly fascinating and tumultuous life. Over the course of two seasons an entire Bombshell score was written to service Smash storylines, and now that show will have a chance to stand on its own.”
“As life imitates art, Joshua Bergasse, our brilliant Emmy-winning choreographer from Smash, actually made his Broadway debut this season as a choreographer and was nominated for a Tony Award. Now he will get the chance to reimagine his exhilarating Bombshell dances for the theatre,” said Neil Meron, who along with partner Craig Zadan, will serve as the lead producers of Bombshell.
No casting has been announced and no one from the cast of Smash is involved in the stage musical at this point.
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