BWW Flashback: SMASH Wraps 2-Season Run on NBC Tonight
Earlier this month, it was announced that NBC was lowering the curtain on SMASH, and despite winning E!'s Save One Show poll, the show must close. In anticipation of the series' finale tonight, May 26 on NBC, BroadwayWorld brings you a flashback of SMASH's high (and low) notes!
SMASH is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire - to be a Broadway star.
The series stars Emmy Award winner Debra Messing ("Will & Grace"), Oscar winner Anjelica Huston ("Prizzi's Honor"), Jack Davenport ("Pirates of the Caribbean" films), Tony Award winner Christian Borle ("Peter and the Starcatcher"), Katharine McPhee ("American Idol"), Megan Hilty ("9 to 5: The Musical"), Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan ("Newsies"),Andy Mientus("Spring Awakening"), Leslie OdomJr. ("Leap of Faith") and Krysta Rodriguez ("Spring Awakening").
The first season of SMASH told the compelling story of a heated rivalry between upcoming starlets, a writing team in need of a new hit and a Broadway producer finding her own way in a "captivating fusion of music, dance and potent storytelling" (Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal). From executive producer Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Schindler's List), the series followed talented newcomer Karen Cartwright (McPhee), who is up for the role of a lifetime in a new Broadway musical based on the iconicMarilyn Monroe. The only thing standing in her way is Ivy Lynn (Hilty), a seasoned theater veteran who is determined to land the part herself and will stop at nothing to realize her own dreams of fame. SMASH's first season also featured an incredible lineup of guest stars including Uma Thurman (Kill Bill: Vol 1 and 2), Broadway legend Bernadette Peters and pop sensation Nick Jonas.
Check out a look back at some of the best moments and performances from the first season below!