'Smash' review: A musical show that everyone can appreciate


You don't have to love Broadway to love "Smash." In fact, you don't have to love musicals, or "American Idol," or theater at all -- you just have to love quality, engaging television.The ultra-hyped NBC series, which premieres Monday, Feb. 6 at 10 p.m. (you might've seen a commercial or two), follows the mounting of a Marilyn Monroe-themed Broadway musical. Yes, there are (many) song-and-dance numbers, but the Broadway-phobic shouldn't shy away.This is no "Glee" -- there is actual plot and character development, even in the first few episodes we've screened. Plus, while there are a few contemporary songs thrown in the mix, most of the tunes are original to the show, integrated organically, and penned by award-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Hairspray," "Catch Me If You Can").The dueling actresses up for the Marilyn role are "Introducing" Katharine McPhee (for those of you who managed to miss out on Season 5 of "Idol"...



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