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S1-E1 Pilot

S1-E1 Pilot



Trumpeted as a Glee for grown-ups, Smash is certainly a hot ticket for fans of musical theatre as it charts the lives of some talented individuals putting on a brand-new Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe. And it comes with impeccable credentials: Steven Spielberg as exec prod, show tunes by Hairspray’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and this pilot is directed by Michael Mayer, who won a Tony for the Broadway hit Spring Awakening.

The cast is terrific, too: Will & Grace’s Debra Messing, hewn-from-granite Anjelica Huston and Jack Davenport adding another smug git to his repertoire. Katharine McPhee (American Idol 2006 runner-up) is to die for as the only auditionee to turn up not looking like Marilyn. Tonight’s showstopper is a clever pastiche of Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. Keep this quality up and Smash is a hit.


Pilot episode of the drama following the backstage clashes and personal battles of actors, writers and producers trying to make a hit Broadway musical. Writing partners Julia Houston and Tom Levitt set to work on a play based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and their script soon attracts the attention of renowned producer Eileen Rand. Veteran supporting player Ivy Lynn and beautiful newcomer Karen Cartwright each stake a claim for the lead role - but the project faces an uncertain future as Eileen deals with a potentially brutal divorce, while Tom is furious at the prospect of working with notoriously abrasive director Derek Wills. Starring Debra Messing, Anjelica Houston, Christian Borle, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty.

Cast & Crew

Julia Houston Debra Messing
Derek Wills Jack Davenport
Karen Cartwright Katharine McPhee
Tom Levitt Christian Borle
Ivy Lynn Megan Hilty
Dev Sundaram Raza Jaffrey
Ellis Boyd Jaime Cepero
Eileen Rand Anjelica Huston
Frank Houston Brian d'Arcy James
Mrs Cartwright Becky Ann Baker
Roger Cartwright Dylan Baker
Jerry Rand Michael Cristofer
Leo Houston Emory Cohen
Jerry's attorney Robert LuPone
Director Michael Mayer
Writer Theresa Rebeck
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