Decade-old, American TV drama ‘Smash’ is hitting the Broadway stage in the 2024-2025 season. According to Playbill, the stage adaptation has been in the works for years now.
Susan Stroman is set to direct the performance, with production by notable names like Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron, and Steven Spielberg.
The original TV series spanned two seasons from 2012 to 2013 on NBC. The storyline followed two writers working on a musical about Marilyn Monroe called Bombshell. Main characters, Julia and Tom, were loosely inspired by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The Broadway adaptation will follow the process of creating Bombshell, however, “depart liberally from the series,” states press notes.
“Ever since the show ended in 2012, not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask us when will they see Smash as a musical,” shared Meron. “We think we’ve come up with something the die-hard series fans will love but that will also be exciting for people who never saw an episode of the show. And above all else it will be a valentine to the Broadway musical and the exhilarating rollercoaster ride of bringing one to life.”
In addition to original songs from the TV series, composers of Some Like It Hot (now on Broadway), Shaiman and Wittman, will be responsible for Smash the musical’s score.
“Smash is near and dear to my heart, and it was always my hope that a musical inspired by the show would eventually come to the stage,” Spielberg shared in a statement. “We now have an incredible creative team, and I’m looking forward to completing the Smash journey which began with my producing partners over 10 years ago.”
As of now, no castings have been confirmed. Stay up to date on the newest announcements on SmashBroadway.com.