Move over Glee, SMASH has arrived

After months of commercials promoting NBC’s new show SMASH, the time has finally arrived to actually watch the show. Or rather the pilot episode.

The buzz surrounding this show has been building in the Broadway community since it was announced NBC had picked up the show for a mid-season premiere. After watching the first episode I can safely say this show is going to be amazing.

When Fox’s GLEE originally premiered theatre fans were looking to the show to bring a slice of Broadway into their homes each week. As time went on it was obvious that GLEE lacks the weekly Broadway fix many were looking for. Where GLEE lacks Broadway power SMASH delivers in spades.

SMASH takes on a behind the scenes look at the launch of a new Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. We’re taken on the same journey the creative team of a Broadway bound musical takes from initial concept, to casting, to finding finical backers to opening night.  You don’t have to be a theatre geek to enjoy the show. Although, if you are a theatre geek you’ll appreciate the inside jokes sprinkled throughout the show. Michael Riedel anyone?

The casting for this show is superb. Debra Messing (Will & Grace), Christian Borle (Broadway’s Legally Blonde: The Musical), Katherine McPhee (American Idol), Jack Davenport (BBC’s The Real Jane Austen), Megan Hilty (Broadway’s Wicked and 9 to 5: The Musical), Anjelica Huston (HBO’s Iron Jawed Angels), Brian d’Arcy James (Broadway’s Shrek and Next to Normal). And that’s just the regular cast. The guest stars already confirmed to make an appearance look like a who’s who of the Broadway world… Nick Adams (Broadway’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert, A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles), Norbert Leo Butz (Broadway’s Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Will Chase (Broadway’s RENT, Aida, Billy Elliot), Wesley Taylor (Broadway’sRock of Ages and The Addams Family).

Overall, the first episode makes this series very promising. Earlier this month NBC screened the show for audiences in several cities across the country and I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from those lucky enough to attend. After personally seeing the pilot myself, I know this show will be fantastic.

As they say in the theatre here’s to SMASH breaking legs and having a long successful run.

SMASH will officially premiere on NBC on February 6th, 10pm eastern. Download the pilot episode for free via iTunes or Amazon.com.

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