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‘Smash’ Recap: From Fatality to Phenomenon

The fictional off-Broadway musical "Hit List" took another step closer to mirroring the true story of the Broadway musical "Rent" in the latest, quite touching, episode of "Smash," on NBC. "Rent," which started life at the New York Theatre Workshop, moved to Broadway in 1996, and later won a Pulitzer Prize, after its success at the downtown theater. Its creator, Jonathan Larson, died of an aortic dissection at age 35 the night before the off-Broadway premiere.

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