Smash, the now-cancelled NBC musical/drama by playwright Teresa Rebeck about the making of a Broadway musical, is back! Kind of. The Actors Fund will stage a one-night-only benefit production of Bombshell, the musical at the center of the cult series, June 15 at a New York City theater (yet to be named.) It will feature all 22 songs penned by Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, including “The National Pastime,” “History Is Made at Night” and the Emmy and Grammy-nominated hit “Let Me Be Your Star.” No casting has been confirmed yet, but it is assumed that Megan Hilty will be be back as Marilyn Monroe, with Bernadette Peters as Gladys Pearl Baker, Marilyn’s mother. Katharine McPhee also played the role of Marilyn too. Will she make a return appearance? (Now, don’t get confused, we’re talking about Bombshell the musical here here, not Smash the TV show.) Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron sure seem to hope so. The duo is behind NBC’s Peter Pan Live! and The Sound of Music Live! will produce again here, in between the next live musical for NBC. This one-night-only will also give Zadan and Meron a chance to see if Bombshell has legs, as they say, on a Broadway stage. Tickets for the Actors Fund benefit will go on sale in the next few weeks. You can go here for more information.
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