Review of Smash

60 minutes

In the era of The Voice and Glee, executive producers Steven Spielberg and Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, and songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, bring you the blood, sweat, and tears of the making of a Broadway musical.
Dec 21, 2015 9:29AM EST

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We all knew Work It had a short shelf life from the jump, but Smash was going to be something different. Yes, it was risky. But Glee had proven that niche genres can break through on television if their smart and different enough. Glee’s star may have dimmed since its debut, but Smash’s Broadway lights never got any power.

The songs were a little too generic, though there were some sleepers produced. The guest spots never really generated any buzz, and most were given boring characters. (Poor Uma Thurman without her Tarantino!) Megan Hilty broke out, but she was never the lead, and the lead Katherine McPhee never popped off the screen. To doubt that she could ever be Marilyn Monroe, when she was supposed to be the protagonist we were rooting for, is never a good sign. And this is coming from someone who loves most musicals and even owns the soundtracks to both Camp Rocks.

At least the Hollywood Foreign Press showed them some love.


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