Has anyone actually ever READ

BobbyBubbi
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Has anyone actually ever READ "Smash"?
Posted: 5/24/14 at 11:50pm
Hi all-

just sorta been re-watching the good parts of Smash (various clips on youtube) before it got really bad and I was wondering if anyone had actually read the original premise Smash by Garson Kanin.

I know he based it loosely on his brief experience directing Funny Girl but is it worth a read? Trashy? What?
LegallyBroadway2
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 12:06am
Oh oh yes. Very good book.

It is sexy and scathing and just terribly exciting.

Read this book.
BobbyBubbi
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 12:08am
YAAAS! Thanks LegallyBroadway!
LegallyBroadway2
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 12:46am
haha yaasss bobby
AC126748
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 11:25am
Garson Kanin was a fantastic writer (and director, and generally fantastic at everything he did). It's an engaging book, if not his best work. Don't expect to find SMASH the television series on the page. The show was really only thematically inspired by the book, and I believe the novel was only optioned the rights as a legal maneuver to use the name and skeletal premise.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
Kad
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 11:30am
My first thought when I saw the subject line was that the complete scripts of Smash were released.
PalJoey
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 02:19pm
Oh, hey--I love this novel. When I was at NYU, I used to find used copies of it at the Strand and give them to theater people for cheap birthday presents.
yr pal,
joey




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BroadwayStar4
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 02:25pm
Smash. Every time I think of that show, I just shake my head in disappointment. It had so much potential. But no, I never read the book. Maybe I will.
PalJoey
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 03:14pm

It has nothing at all to do with the TV show.


yr pal,
joey




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BroadwayStar4
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 03:20pm
Yeah but I just read that "based on the novel by Garson Kanin" appears in each episode's closing credits.
AKarp2013
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 03:26pm
The only thing similar between the book and the TV show is the name "SMASH" and the premise of putting on a show. Nothing more, nothing less. Different characters, different plots and everything.
EricMontreal22
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 03:30pm
At some TV site (ew? AVclub?) the recapper for Smash tried following along with the book. He gave u pretty early on...
BroadwayStar4
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 03:31pm
I bet the different characters and different plots in the book are much better than on the TV show.
BobbyBubbi
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 05:09pm
For those who have read it, do you think the show would have been better if it followed the book more closely? I guess it's hard to say really, that second season was such a train wreck.

Thanks for the input everyone, I will try and find a copy! :)


Updated On: 5/25/14 at 05:09 PM
Sutton Ross
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 05:13pm
It's actually available for 3.99 on Kindle, if you're interested.


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LegallyBroadway2
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Posted: 5/25/14 at 06:02pm
The television program should have been the book. Verbatim. Only opinion, of course, as its a favorite read of mine.