One of NBC’s most anticipated shows for the winter season is “Smash.” The drama stars Katharine McPhee as a Broadway hopeful auditioning for the part of Marilyn Monroe in a play about her life. So far previews featured McPhee singing Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” during auditions, but producers explain that there will be few other covers in the show.
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan told Playbill that the only time covers will be used is during fantasy sequences that are occurring inside the character’s mind. For example, Rihanna’s “Cheers (I’ll Drink to That)” is featured in a dream sequence in the middle of Times Square.
Due to its use of popular music, many critics are dubbing the show an “adult Glee.” Both producers feel that the comparison is flattering because “Glee” opened the door for shows like “Smash.” Zadan explained, “Glee has to get a lot of credit because if it wasn’t for Glee, it wouldn’t have broken that ground. The great thing is we’re not copying Glee, we’re not like Glee but we’re grateful to Glee for giving us the opportunity to do our show.”
One major difference between the two is that the show follows one major performance instead of different concerts of the glee club. At the end of the season if the show is a success, Zadan and Meron plan to take the Broadway musical to Broadway. “It’s a really great idea that this show can give birth to a Broadway musical,” Zadan explained. “It’s all going to depend on how it’s developed, how we all feel about it and how NBC feels about it.”
If the show is a hit like “Glee,” maybe each season we can expect a new musical based off the show.