The "Smash" cast returns to the screen for a social cause.
Actors, including Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing and Megan Hilty, will meet on May 20 to host a one-night Broadway performance of the musical "Bombshell". It will be seen on People.com, PeopleTV and the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the publication, and all profits will go to coronavirus relief.
McPhee said, "I do remember how exciting it was that night. I have great memories of just being so elated to be there.”
The event will be hosted by the two-time Academy Award nominee, Renée Zellweger, and will feature photos, tales and feedback from the initial cast.
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McPhee added, “It’s really just an insight for all the people who love the show and gives them a chance to kind of relive it with us and hear stories that perhaps they never knew."
Hilty and McPhee starred as feuding actors throughout the show hoping to land the role of Marilyn Monroe on Broadway. Messing and Borle were the book-and-song production squad, Davenport was the quick-to-scream director, and Huston was the lead writer. Original songs have been written by the songwriting team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
"Smash" ended its TV show in 2013 and the cast reunited for a one-night "Bombshell in Concert" at the Minskoff Theater in front of 1,600 people two years later, becoming one of the most fruitful fundraisers ever for The Actors Fund. The stream of the concert would also allow audiences to contribute to the group.
In the last seven weeks, the Program has received more than $10.1 million in immediate financial assistance — more than five times the sum usually given in a year.
"I think people are going to be really excited when they realize that it’s going to be open to everybody who ever wanted to see it," said McPhee. “It just felt so exciting to be reliving something that we all loved and cherished so much.”
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"Smash," with first-rate songs and a studded cast, is favorably looked out at by other Broadway lovers. "I think it was a little ahead of time," McPhee said. "It was just something so different."