SMASH Is One Step Closer To Broadway, Developmental Workshop In The Works

Alex Mecklosky
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January 4, 2024 11:15 AM

Fade in on a girl…As first reported in Variety, the musical adaptation of the beloved tv show Smash will be heading into a six week developmental workshop beginning this month.  The team will work on a full staging of the show with choreography and orchestra, culminating in five performances for recruited audiences.

Susan Stroman will direct the musical that is inspired by the NBC television series of the same name. Current plans suggest that this is in preparation for a Broadway run in the 2024-25 season.

The workshop cast will include Brooks Ashmanskas, Alex Brightman, Yvette Nicole Brown, Bella Coppola, newcomer Nihar Duvvuri, Casey Garvin, Robyn Hurder, Kristine Nielsen, Krysta Rodriguez and Jonalyn Saxer.

The full company includes Wendi Bergamini, Giovanni Bonaventura, Jim Borstelmann, Zachary Downer, Tiffany Engen, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Megan Kane, Caleb Marshall-Villarreal, Connor McRory, JJ Niemann, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Brian Shepard, Sarah Sigman, Jake Trammel and Katie Webber.

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who wrote songs for the television series, also will work on the score for the musical, which will feature tunes from the original tv show as well as new material. Bob Martin and Rick Elice will write the book. 

The musical is produced by Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron. “Bob, Steven and I are thrilled to take this next big development step on the road to bringing ‘Smash’ where it was always meant to be: a Broadway theater,” said Meron.

Stay tuned for more information. 

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Alex Mecklosky

As a native New Yorker, Alex has always loved everything involving theatre. With a degree in Theatre and New Media from Marymount Manhattan College, Alex realized that, since he was not talented enough to be on Broadway, the next best thing would be to write about it!