Smashing Finally heading to Broadway.
In a much-anticipated announcement by fans of the 2012 NBC series, a musical adaptation is set to hit Broadway during the 2024-25 season, with a lead production team of Robert Greenblatt, Neil Miron, and Steven Spielberg. A top-notch creative team is attached, including director Susan Stroman, composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman, book writers Rick Ellis and Bob Martin, and TV series choreographer Joshua Bergas.
Spielberg, whose original idea led to the NBC series, said in a statement, “Smashing Near and dear to my heart, and I always hoped that a musical based on the show would eventually come to the stage. We now have an amazing creative team, which I look forward to completing Smashing A journey that began with my producing partners over ten years ago.”
In addition to new music, the theatrical version will include several Shaiman-Wittman songs from the TV series, including the Emmy-nominated “Let Me Be Your Star.”
Although songs from the series will be included – and when the musical program will follow a plot escalation (fictional) bomb biomusic about Marilyn Monroe) — the theatrical version will also “come liberally from the series,” according to today’s announcement.
Smashing It debuted on NBC in February 2012 and has built a following that has continued to grow since it was canceled by NBC after just two seasons. In June 2015, a concert of songs from the show benefited the charity bomb The Minskoff Theater on Broadway sold out just 15 minutes after the start of sales. The concert was a film and eventually aired during the early days of the Covid pandemic as a benefit of what was then called the Actor’s Fund (now the Entertainment Community Fund).
Miron said: “Since the show ended in 2012, not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask us when they’re going to see it Smashing as music. We think we’ve come up with something that die-hard fans of the series will love, but that will also be interesting to people who have never seen an episode of the show. Above all, it will be the valentine of the Broadway musical and an exhilarating roller coaster ride to liven one up.”
Greenblatt said, “Speaking for myself and Neil Miron, we’re glad Stephen wanted to join us during our introduction Smashing To the theatre, where we always felt Shaiman and Whitman’s amazing score belonged on Broadway. And collaborating with the incomparable Susan Stroman, one of the best musical theater directors, as well as first-rate bookwriters Rick Ellis and Bob Martin, and our original choreographer, Josh Bergas, is pure pleasure.”
Smashing Producer Meron will reunite with composers Shaiman and Wittman, who collaborated for the first time on the film version of the musical. Hairspray Then on NBC’s live adaptation. Meron is one of the principal producers (with Greenblatt as co-producer) of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Some like it hotcurrently at the Shubert Theatre.
The songwriters also scored the 2009 Broadway musical Catch me if you canbased on the 2002 Spielberg film.
The book’s writer, Ellis, is the co-writer of a successful musical Jersey Boysas well as theatrical productions of addams family, cher show, And Peter and the Starcatcher. Martin began his career on Broadway starring in and writing the Tony Award-winning book And her sleepiness. Co-author of the book for the music prom And he participated in the creation of the TV series slings and arrows.
Martin and Ellis are currently copulating, too princess bride On stage, Martin is writing the book for the Betty Boop musical Bob. Ellis is writing the new musical adaptation of water for elephants.
Stroman’s extensive credits on Broadway include her Tony Award-winning work Producers Mel Brooks, Crazy for You, Show Boat And communication. She will next be cast on Broadway this spring with New York, New Yorkfeaturing score by John Kander, Fred Epp and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
After his own choreography SmashingBergasse has been nominated for a revival in the cityand collaborated with Shaiman and Whitman on their composition Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He choreographed a revival of Lerner & Lowe’s GG Starring Vanessa Hudgens.
Smashing It was created for television by playwright Teresa Rebeck, with executive producers including Spielberg, Meron, Craig Zadan, Shaiman, Scott Whitman, Daryl Frank, Justin Valve, David Marshall Grant, and Joshua Safran. It is produced by Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television and Storyline Productions.
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