The Actors Fund caused a theatrical frenzy last December when the organization announced it had partnered with "Smash" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to present a one-night-only staged concert of the fictional musical Bombshell.
Set to take place June 8 at the Minskoff Theatre (the day following the Tony Awards), the event will reunite "Smash" stars Christian Borle, Will Chase, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee and Debra Messing.
To underwrite costs for the large-scale undertaking, a Kickstarter was created that will allow backers to have advance access to tickets a full 24-hours ahead of the general public on-sale date. Kickstarter backers may purchase tickets via Ticketmaster.com April 13 with the general public on-sale date set for April 14.
Less than eight hours after it was announced, the Kickstarter raised over $225,000, and has since surpassed $316,022 with only 6 days remaining in the fundraising campaign.
While this is fantastic news for The Actors Fund's charitable efforts, it's a mixed bag for "Smash" fans. It's likely that most of the tickets for the event will be gobbled up during the April 13 pre-sale. There was initially hope that Zadan, Meron and The Actors Fund would consider a second performance, but Playbill.com has just learned that it's not an option. "The performers are available for a single performance," producers Zadan and Meron told Playbill.com. While they recognized that there will be a lot of disappointed "Smash" fans out there, the single-day availability of the actors and creatives involved means that Bombshell will fade into legend – as a one time only, had-to-be-there event. In addition, a chance of a live recording is highly unlikley.
Bombshell is the name of the apocryphal Broadway play-within-a-TV-show whose casting and tryout provided the backdrop for the TV series, "Smash" (2012-2013). The concert will consist of songs from Bombshell written for the TV series.
Bombshell will be co-directed by Joshua Bergasse and Wittman with choreography by Bergasse. It is presented as a benefit for The Actors Fund.