Last night was the World-premiere of NBC's highly-anticipated drama series SMASH, held at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber were among the celebrities joining the cast and creative team behind the musical drama along with network executives Ted Harbert, Chairman of NBC Broadcasting, Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment and Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment.
SMASH will have its premiere on the NBC network on February, 6, 2012. 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 Huston, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Tony Award nominee Christian Borle, Megan 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 Greenblatt, Steven 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. Joshua Bergasse is the show's choreographer.
View photos from the World Premiere of SMASH below!
Photo credit: Heidi Gutman, Charles Sykes/NBC
World Premiere of SMASH at NY's Metropolitan Museum of Art
Robert Greenblatt, Katharine McPhee, Anjelica Huston & Debra Messing
Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Anjelica Huston & Debra Messing
Ted Harbert & Megan Hilty
Megan Hilty & Bernadette Peters
Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey
SMASH Ensemble Dancers
Victor Garber, Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman
Bernadette Peters & Katharine McPhee
Raza Jaffrey, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jaime Cepero, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Emory Cohen & Brian d'Arcy James
Jennifer Salke & Raza Jaffrey
Jennifer Salke, Justin Falvey & Katharine McPhee
Katharine McPhee & Raza Jaffrey
Brian d'Arcy James
Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron
BWW Hi-Res Gallery - Original Version