Fade in on a girl! Smash fans can rejoice. NBC has announced that the Marilyn Monroe musical-within-a-musical, Bombshell, will be turned into a real-life stage version. Bombshell, which tells the story of Monroe’s tragic, glamorous life, was recently performed by the NBC show’s stars in a sold-out Actors Fund benefit concert.
The hype surrounding the event inspired Universal Stage Productions to develop a stage version of the show. Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt and President of Universal Pictures Jimmy Horowitz announced the news on Monday, June 22.
“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,” Greenblatt said 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.”
The show has not been cast yet, but Smash stars Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty both played Monroe on the show and in the concert event.
Steven Spielberg, who served as an executive producer on Smash, will be involved in the stage version of Bombshell. And Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will serve as composer and co-lyricists on the show. They previously worked on Broadway hits Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, and the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Okay, now Smash fans, tell Us: Should Katharine McPhee or Megan Hilty play Marilyn Monroe?
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