While the making of Bombshell dominated Smash during its entire run, it’s The Hit List which was introduced in the second season that’s getting new life. The fictional Broadway show that won seven fake Tonys on the NBC show will receive an actual real-life world premiere. On December 9, two performances of The Hit List will be performed at 54 Below in New York. Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus who all appeared on Smash will star in the live show which is co-presented by Season 2 showrunner Joshua Safran.
“HIT LIST, a modern fable about identity and the price of fame, tells the tragic love story of a wannabe pop singer who transforms herself to become a star and the hidden songwriter she uses to get there – but at what cost?” – 54 Below
54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. Tickets are $55 plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. The two shows will begin at 9:30 and 11:00 pm. Check out clips from Smash and a 54 Below promo below.
Poor Smash. Even with Jennifer Hudson, better storylines and no Ellis (Jaime Cepero), the ratings are sucking big time. It truly is a shame because Season 2 is so much better than the musical show’s freshman year. Much of that is due to the addition of Jeremy Jordan. The Broadway star (Newsies) has a killer voice and is pretty easy on the eyes. Imagine my jubilation when I came across a video of him performing a duet with another Broadway favorite.
Jordan recently participated in a fundraiser where he covered one of Smash‘s signature tracks- “Let Me Be Your Star.” If you watch the show, you’ll fondly remember it from the pilot originally sung by Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty. Jeremy enlisted Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) to join him on the tune. He jokingly referred to Jonathan as his professional nemesis since Groff frequently beats him for jobs. The two slay “Let Me Be Your Star” and even don blond wigs during it. They may sound great, but they make for some fugly Marilyn Monroes.
Speaking of Monroe, Megan Hilty who vied hardcore to score the lead in the show’s musical Bombshell releases her debut album, It Happens All The Time, this week. The 31-year-old Broadway vet recently unveiled the lyric video for the lead cut, “No Cure.” Her debut effort fresh interpretations of compositions by contemporary songwriters as Aimee Mann, Sara Bareilles, Bruno Mars, Damien Rice and Taylor Swift. Listen to “No Cure” below, along with Jordan and Groff’s duet.
Hot off the wheels of earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Musical or Comedy (YUP, I’m still wrapping my head around that), NBC has released the first official cast promo photos for the second season. While the pilot was spectacular, the season for the most part was very uneven. It never really found its footing and hopefully new showrunner Joshua Safran will work his executive producing magic. After all, he was in charge of Gossip Girl when it was fantastic during the first couple seasons.
Most of the promotion for Smash Season 2 has revolved around the addition of Jennifer Hudson. As excited as I am for her and think she can solely save the show, there are other newbies worth mentioning. Andy Mientus and Jeremy Jordan are two welcome pieces of man candy. Both are Broadway vets who appeared in Spring Awakening and Newsies respectively. Cast as Katharine McPhee’s new BFF is Kyrsta Rodriguez. Like Mientus, she was a member of Spring Awakening where Lea Michele (Glee) got her big break. Check out the new promo photos below.
Like my Model Behavior series, it’s also time to wrap up my other weekly feature, Man Crush. For those who are new readers, this is when I pit my weekly crushes against each other to see who reigns supreme. In 2010, Scott Herman won the title and in 2011 it was Jonathan D. Lovitz who won your hearts. Who will it be this year? Only your votes will determine that.
Once again, the 2012 Man Crush Showdown will be divided into three rounds. Read below to see how the final round will be determined and ultimately the winner crowned. If you’re craving more pictures of each stud, click on their name to check out their original feature with plenty of pics. Without further, let the Man Crush games begin.
Man Crush Showdown Dates
The Top 2 from each round automatically advance to the finals. Four wildcard spots will be given to the Man Crushes who garnered the four highest vote totals from all rounds tabulated (winners excluded).
- Round 1: Dec 13-19, 2012 (results announced Dec 20)
- Round 2: Dec 20-26, 2012 (results announced Dec 27)
- Round 3: Dec 27- Jan 2, 2012 (results announced Jan 3)
- Finals: Jan 3-9, 2013 (Final Results announced Jan 10, 2013)
If you caught the first season of Smash and weren’t impressed, I recommend you give it another chance when it returns in February 2013. Not only did they cut four useless SLASH annoying characters, but they added a roster of talented Broadway vets to the cast. Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Andy Mientus (Spring Awakening), Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray), Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family), Jesse L. Martin (Rent) and Broadway legend Liza Minnelli are on board as part of the show’s makeover. If that wasn’t enough for you, this season also features a mini Will & Grace reunion with Sean Hayes joining the cast. And if that STILL didn’t entice you to give the NBC musical show a second shot, they’re bringing in Jennifer mother effin’ Hudson. Watch out Karen and Ivy, the Dreamgirls actress is about to steal your “Spotlight“.
The changes to the NBC show aren’t only in front of the camera, but behind the scenes as well. Josh Safran was brought in to become the show’s new showrunner. He took over when show creator Theresa Rebeck stepped down. Safran’s previous credits include Gossip Girl. Don’t worry, he was in charge when the CW show was still good and not the tragic mess it became to be. Based on the newly-released trailers, Smash already shows signs of massive improvement.
Smash makes the move to Tuesdays for its second season, launching Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. with a two-hour bow and returning Feb. 12 in its regular slot at 10 p.m. Check out the trailer below and see where things stand between Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) and their battle for the lead in Bombshell. Looks like Debra Messing and company have finally decided on who’ll portray Marilyn Monroe. Find out who below.
Ever wonder what “Sister Act” would like look like in a post-”Glee” world? Go watch “Joyful Noise” this weekend and you’ll find out. The musical film starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton combines ingredients from the classic film and popular television show to create an entertaining film. Not the best movie I’ve seen, but it kept me captivated for most of it.
The film focuses on a church choir group’s journey to the annual national “Joyful Noise” choir competition. Sectionals anyone? Along the way they face a few obstacles ranging from the untimely death of the choir director, financial hardship facing their small town to internal power struggles within the church choir.
For a film in this genre, I expected it to last in the 90 minute range. Instead, it had a running time of almost two hours. No beuno. The producers would’ve been better served if they didn’t have so stories going in. It was like watching several movies within one. The editors definitely needed to be more cutthroat in the editing room. In addition, a couple of the musical numbers could’ve been axed, especially Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton’s respective solo performances. I get it was probably part of their contract, but both didn’t do anything to propel the main plot forward. That being said, it shocked me that one of the best singers in the movie didn’t even sing one note. Jesse L. Martin of “Law & Order” fame appeared as Latifah’s husband, yet didn’t show off his vocal prowess. If you watched “Rent“, you know Martin has a powerful set of pipes.
With the completion of the 2011 Man Crush Showdown taking up my time last week, I neglected to write the first Man Crush of 2012. To make up for that, I have two hotties for you today. First up is Jeremy Jordan. This 27-year-old hottie is not to be confused with 90s pop singer Jeremy Jordan (The Right Kind Of Love) or a popular porn star from the early 2000s. Instead this Jeremy Jordan is an accomplished Broadway actor about to make a big splash this weekend.
Jordan co-stars with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton in “Joyful Noise” opening this Friday. I caught an early screening of the film and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Be sure to check out my review of the film on Friday. In the past, I’ve been accused of picking my Man Crushes based solely on looks and a bangin’ body. Sure, Jordan is cute, but what I find the sexiest about him is his voice. Man, can this guy blow. His musical moments in “Joyful Noise” blew me away.
Jeremy was born on November 20, 1984 and grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. He earned a BFA in musical theatre at Ithaca College. Immediately after graduation, he began working in stage productions in Connecticut and Florida before making it to Broadway. A few of his notable credits on the Great White Way include “West Side Story“, “Bonnie & Clyde” and “Rock of Ages“. For all you “Law & Order: SVU” fans, you might recognize Jeremy from an episode of the NBC crime series in 2008. Get to know this talented vocalist in a few pics below. I predict you’ll be hearing a lot more of him in future years.