Last night on The Voice, we saw Christina Aguilera and Beverly McClellan duet on Christina’s smash hit Beautiful. This fall, Katharine McPhee, the American Idol runner-up, will be performing the song in the new NBC series Smash. Check out the preview.
Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire — to be a Smash.
The series centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe — written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award nominee Christian Borle, Legally Blonde: The Musical) and Julia (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”).
A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty (McPhee) — who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds — and stage veteran (Megan Hilty, 9 to 5: The Musical, Wicked), who’s determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break.
A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar winner, Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor) discovers the Marilyn project and jumps on board with a brilliant director — whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality.
The series stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg and will premiere this fall on NBC.