'Smash': Creator Theresa Rebeck talks Marilyn Monroe and her plans for Season 1 and beyond


"Smash" is a musical drama about the making of a musical, so you can rightly expect lots of singing and dancing in every episode of the show. There is one musical-theatre convention, however, that the series won't really follow: You won't hear every character singing their thoughts."Everybody sings in a way you can sort of explain," creator and executive producer Theresa Rebeck tells Zap2it. "In a musical every now and then, someone just goes, [singing] 'I gotta be me!,' and it's sort of like an expression of the self. ... We don't do that. If [Katharine McPhee] is going to sing alone in her apartment, it's because there's a song on the radio she starts to sing along to, and then her version of it fills the room."You'll see that kind of musical expression in Monday's (Feb. 6) series premiere, when McPhee's character sings Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" at her audition for a musical about Marilyn...



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