Smash Season Finale: Who Took the Stage as Marilyn?

Tonight marked the season 1 finale of Smash and the episode started with the production in a bind.  Bombshell lost its star last week when Rebecca exited the production.  Would Ivy or Karen step into her shoes?

Derek made the unilateral decision to award the role to Karen, who had only a day to run through the production before the curtain rose on another preview performance.  But problems appeared almost immediately.  Both Tom and Julia were worried that Karen was still far too inexperienced to handle the role.  While she was working her fingers to the bone to run through the various numbers, even Eileen pronounced her unfit to take the stage.  But Derek was insistent, and refused to allow the naysayers to dictate his choice of Marilyn. Read More...


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