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    A stage adaptation of the cult Broadway-centered series, Smash, is in the works. No timeline has been revealed yet, but Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt, and Neil Meron will be serving as lead producers. Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman will be returning to write the score while Tony winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) will be writing the book. Not to mention that Joshua Bergasse, who won an Emmy for his work on the original series, will reprise his role as choreographer.
    https://deadline.com/2020/05/smash-steven-spielberg-broadway-musical-robert-greenblatt-neil-meron-1202939893/

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    Best. News. Ever.

    I am a HUGE Smash fan (as many are!) and this is a dream come true. I enjoyed the streaming of the benefit concert yesterday and it reminded me of how great the music and talent were from this series.

    I am hoping that at least some of the cast returns for the Broadway version… and because its Broadway, the age-thing shouldn’t matter as much, plus the show was only on 7-8 years ago, so its not like the cast is that old.

    Katherine McPhee, (Tony nominee) Megan Hilty and (Tony winner) Christian Borle would be likely contenders to return to their roles, seeing as how all have had major Broadway experience. Probably Wesley Taylor as well. Would love to see Debra Messing return, but IDK bc I don’t think she can sing, so it would have to be a non-singing role (like in the series).

    I think the roles of Derek (Jack Davenport) and Eileen (Anjelica Huston) would definitely be recast with Broadway actors who can sing and dance.

    The other characters probably wouldn’t return. Leslie Odom, Jr’s role as well as Brian D’Arcy James’s probably aren’t big enough to be included in the musical adaptation or to merit their return unfortunately.

    IDK how I would feel about a completely new cast, but we’ll see.

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    According to the New York Times, the plot for the stage adaptation will depart liberally from the TV series. Which I imagine they would have to do anyway given that Broadway musicals usually lasts about two and a half hours while TV shows obviously last much longer than that. It should be interesting to see which characters and/or storylines they won’t end up using.

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    Imagine if this opens in the 2021-2022 season, because if it does, then we’ll have TWO shows that involve Marilyn Monroe in some capacity. And then imagine the fierce competition that would entail if they become the two frontrunners to win Best Musical.

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    I’d be surprised if Smash arrives on Broadway the same season as Some Like It Hot because both projects involve some of the same creative team such as producer Neil Meron as well as songwriters Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman.

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