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Smash: A Review


Emily Dabbs

Staff Writer

If you love musicals and have always wondered what goes into the process of creating one suitable for Broadway, then “Smash” is the show for you.  Starring Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, and Katharine McPhee, “Smash” follows the making of a new musical, based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and the lives of those involved.

Karen Cartwright, played by McPhee, is a small town girl from Iowa who moved to New York to break into Broadway.  Working as a waitress, she auditions for lead roles whenever she gets the chance, but is never called back because her résumé is too light.  In the pilot episode, we watch as she finally makes an impression in an audition.

On the other hand, you have Ivy Lynn, played by Megan Hilty, is a girl who has grown up surrounded by show business; however, despite her knowledge of the business, she has been vying her time in the chorus waiting for someone to give her a shot in the lead.  When her friends, Tom Levitt and Julia Houston, come to her for help in the beginning steps of the idea for “Marilyn the Musical” she jumps at the chance to get a head start to the coveted role.

“Sitting down for the first time I was expecting to love the music and be constantly complaining about the plot and the character structure much in the same way that I treat ‘Glee.’ I couldn’t be more wrong,” said Chris Steele, a theatre critic on the blog “Style and Wisdom.”  “The writing is quick and intelligent. The structure is solid and has depth.  What could have been an overly decadent dessert is turning out to be quite the fare and I’m looking forward to what’s next”

The show is a wonderful juxtaposition of the production of a stage show and the lives of everyone involved.  You can’t help but get engrossed in their lives and the show keeps you on the edge of your seat yelling at them as they make mistakes and cheering for them when things go right.  Check it out for yourself on NBC, Monday nights at 10pm.