Producers Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron have announced that SMASH: A New Musical is in development and heading to Broadway.
The musical is will feature songs written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman for the NBC series which ran 2012-13.
Steven Spielberg, who came up with the original idea for SMASH and served as executive producer for the TV series, has said “I am personally thrilled to be a part of this musical and its road to Broadway. Smash is near and dear to my heart, and it seems fitting that a new musical inspired by what we did on the show would eventually come to the stage.”
Telling the story of what it takes to mount the new fictitious musical Bombshell, SMASH: A New Musical will depart liberally from the series. The characters Julia and Tom (created by Debra Messing and Christian Borle), as well as Ivy and Karen (created by Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee, respectively) will still be central to the storyline. All other details are to be announced.
A recording of the 2015 concert staging of Bombshell was streamed online last night in aid of The Actors Fund and can be viewed here. Stay tuned for more info soon!