Smash, the upcoming musical series from NBC, has been making waves among TV critics and journalists who have already seen the pilot. Noted as one of eight honorees in the "Most Exciting New Series" category at the Critics' Choice Television Awards, the show boasts a dream team of producers including Steven Spielberg, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as talented actors and actresses like Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston , Jack Davenport and Katharine McPhee, just to name a few. Based on the cast and crew alone, it's safe to say that Smash is one of the most highly anticipated shows this year. But does the show really live up to its hype? Watch the following videos for a sneak peek and judge for yourself!
In a nutshell, Smash is about the creation of a show and more importantly a star by a group of people who wants nothing more than to come up with the next big thing in the world of Broadway. Songwriter Julia Houston (Debra Messing), her co-writing partner Tom Levitt (Christian Brole), director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport), and producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston) make up the brains behind a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Together they face the pressure and all the behind-the-stage drama of the theater business while dealing with their own personal issues.
On the forefront, though, Smash sheds light on two aspiring Broadway stars: Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) is introduced as a newbie who lands a successful audition for the lead role of Marilyn while Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) is the veteran actress who's still waiting for her big break and who finds herself competing with the newcomer. Both are seemingly favored to play the part but only one can take the spotlight:
Meanwhile, the producers and songwriters discuss the music of Smash and why viewers can enjoy the show even if they're not familiar with the world of theater.
In other news, Debra Messing has nothing but praises for her co-stars, which includes current boyfriend Will Chase. "The amount of fun I'm having on this show is so ridiculous off the charts already The cast is so accomplished, so committed," she said at the recent TCA panel
. "Everyone is so passionate. We're working really hard, but laughing a lot."
In addition to the Smash
the TV series, NBC is teaming up with iTheatrics for the national launch of "NBC's 'Smash': Make a Musical," which aims to "help create sustainable musical theater programs in underserved schools nationwide." (Click here to learn more about this initiative
Smash premieres on February 6 at 10/9c on NBC but you can watch pilot now on iTunes, Amazon and on NBC.com for free.
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