‘Smash’ musical may be made into a real stage show


NEW YORK — The glitzy, fictional Broadway musical featured in the TV show “Smash” might actually find its way to a stage.

Universal Stage Productions said last week it will develop “Bombshell,” a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe, into a live show.

No casting was announced, and a book writer will be announced shortly.

The original songs on the TV show by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, whose credits include the Tony-winning score for the 2007 musical “Hairspray,” will continue on the stage adaptation, as will original choreographer Joshua Bergasse, who has gone on to choreograph “On The Town” and “Gigi.”

“Smash” was a production of Universal Television. The series on NBC lasted two seasons and starred Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle and Debra Messing. The songs included “Let Me Be Your Star” and “Hang the Moon.”

In the show, created by playwright Theresa Rebeck, who left after the first season, viewers watched the long process of casting, composing, mounting and rehearsing a Broadway-bound musical.