With the success of Glee, its no wonder other networks are trying to jump on the musical singing and dancing bandwagon. However, no major networks have been able to catch a spark to order a pilot that seems powerful enough to compete. Now, blockbuster maker Steven Spielberg may have what it takes to help NBC take the lead.
NBC has ordered a pilot of a show in the works titled Smash which will be produced by none other than Spielberg himself. However, this show will be a much bigger step up from high school musical glee club numbers. The show is said to follow the story of a few characters who actually live and breathe in the musical theatre industry and all work together to produce a Broadway show. I’ve worked in the musical theatre industry and let me tell you, the drama that can formulate in these situations can be thick.
From auditions, to rejections, long days of rehearsal to heavy criticism, life on Broadway can be a tough one. I think NBC may have a smash hit on their hands. I think the change of pace from the FOX show will be a welcome change with more adult and mature characters and story lines.
Another major step for this show vs the FOX hit is that the show will produce original songs to accompany the story because its based on creating an original play on Broadway. Sounds MAJOR! So who is going to be the all-star team to put this pilot together?
Sources report that playwright Theresa Rebeck has written the pilot script and a handful of producers from Hairspray are on board as well. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are said to be the masterminds behind the original score and Michael Mayer of Spring Awakening fame is set to direct the pilot and potentially the series.
I have high hopes for this NBC venture. Does Smash pique your interest? Who would you like to see star in this potential series?