- Steven Spielberg will be producing a Broadway adaptation of NBC's show 'Smash.'
NBC’s Smash is heading to Broadway. Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt, and Neil Meron will be producing the musical adaptation of the now cult classic show.
The show’s songwriters, who wrote over 20 songs, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will write the musical’s score and Bob Martin (The Prom, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher). will co-write the book.
Emmy Award-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse (Broadway’s On The Town, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) will also return to the project to choreograph.
“I am personally thrilled to be a part of this musical and its road to Broadway,” said Spielberg in a statement. “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.”
“Speaking for myself and Bob Greenblatt, our partner when he was running NBC, we’re thrilled Steven wanted to embark on this musical with us. We’ve all felt that Shaiman and Wittman’s incredible score for Smash belonged on Broadway. Collaborating with first-class bookwriters Rick Elice and Bob Martin, and the world’s best choreographer Josh Bergasse, will be the icing on the cake,” added Meron.
No dates for the production have been announced and will be held off for a future date as Broadway extended its shutdown through Labor Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Smash centered around the development of the fictional Broadway musical based on Marilyn Monroe, Bombshell. It starred Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Anjelica Huston, Leslie Odom Jr., Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Raza Jaffrey, Brian d’Arcy James, and Jaime Cepero.
The show only had two seasons and had a one-night-only Broadway concert version of Bombshell in 2015 which sold out in 15 minutes. This week, fans were able to see the never-aired film from that performance which features the cast as an Actors Fund benefit.