SMASH on NBC Articles
Click for More Articles on SMASH on NBC...

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art

Well, it's official. The show that Broadway and BroadwayWorld.com has been eagerly anticipating is officially a SMASH! On December 12, 2011, the Broadway community descended on New York City's glamorous Museum of Modern Art to get their first official look at NBC's upcoming new musical drama series SMASH, which is nothing less than an ongoing love-letter to Broadway. The attendees, from the casts of nearly every show on the Great White Way, were enthralled from start to finish.

Last night's Broadway screening was introduced by playwright and series creator Theresa Rebeck, and featured pre-show appearances by Meghan Hilty, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Michael Mayer, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Jack Davenport, Raza Jaffrey and more introducing the show. After the screening of the show's premiere episode, which received an enthusiastic ovation, the audience was given a glimpse at some upcoming scenes and musical numbers from the season, and to put it mildly...WE CAN'T WAIT! 

On February, 6, 2012, the highly anticipated new musical drama series, SMASH, will premiere on NBC. Developed from an idea of Executive Producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg, SMASH explores the subculture of musical theatre; celebrating the beauty and heartbreak of Broadway.

Boasting a stellar cast from stage and screen, SMASH stars Emmy award winning actress Debra Messing, Academy Award winner Anjelica HustonKatharine McPheeJack Davenport, Tony Award nominee Christian BorleMegan Hilty and Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James.

SMASH centres on the complex and all-consuming process behind the production of an original Broadway musical. Successful songwriting duo and old friends Tom (Borle) and Julia (Messing) reunite to realise their dream of adapting the life story of screen icon Marilyn Monroe into a hit musical; recruiting tenacious producer Eileen (Huston) and brilliant director Derek (Davenport) to bring the production to the stage. Casting of the title role sparks conflict and rivalry between Karen (McPhee), a youthful, inexperienced beauty desperate to find fame in the big city, and Ivy (Hilty), a stage veteran determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. From its genesis, the “Marilyn” project is a rollercoaster ride of dramatic highs and lows for its cast and crew that will culminate on opening night, when the audience will determine whether or not the show is a “Smash”.

The show was developed by NBC's Robert GreenblattSteven Spielberg, and Broadway producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Broadway's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman wrote the music for the show. Michael Mayer directed the project, and playwright Theresa Rebeck penned the script.

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
'SMASH'

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Alan Rickman

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Laura Osnes

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Laura Osnes

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Rory O'Malley

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Savannah Wise

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Savannah Wise

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Joel Grey

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Nicholas Rodriguez

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Alan Rickman & Theresa Rebeck

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Theresa Rebeck & Michael Mayer

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Michael Mayer

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Theresa Rebeck

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Theresa Rebeck, Michael Mayer

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Theresa Rebeck, Michael Mayer, Neil Meron & Craig Zadan

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Neil Meron & Craig Zadan

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Katharine McPhee, Raza Jaffrey & Megan Hilty

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Megan Hilty

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Megan Hilty

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Michael Mayer & Megan Hilty

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Jaime Cepero

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Jaime Cepero

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Jack Davenport

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Raza Jaffrey

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Raza Jaffrey

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Raza Jaffrey, Michael Mayer & Megan Hilty

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Katharine McPhee

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Katharine McPhee

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Katharine McPhee

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Jaime Cepero, Megan Hilty & Raza Jaffrey

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Raza Jaffrey, Jack Davenport, Robert Greenblatt, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jaime Cepero

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Theresa Rebeck, Raza Jaffrey, Megan Hilty, Jaime Cepero, & Savannah Wise

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art
Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Megan Hilty, Savannah Wise. Michael Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Theresa Rebeck, Jack Davenport & Raza Jaffrey

Photo Coverage: SMASH Screens for Broadway at The Museum of Modern Art

Related Articles



Comment & Share



About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts
Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.