Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the songwriting duo behind Smash—and the Marilyn Monroe-inspired musical Bombshell, which took shape before television audiences’ eyes—say that a full-length stage version of Bombshell is still on track.
“We’ve been talking to book writers, yes,” Wittman told the press on an invited-only conference call for the December 7 broadcast of Hairspray Live!
Shaiman added, “We actually, just this morning, got an email about a very exciting possible collaborator, and a real future for that. But, we’ve been—as they say a lot on Facebook—‘blessed’ to be so busy that we haven’t had all the time to really, really focus on that. We’ve been working on all these new things—if I can call Hairspray Live! a new thing, [which] it is! But I really do think there is a real life for Bombshell. Luckily, [chairman of NBC Entertainment] Bob Greenblat is still just incredibly supportive of it.”
Wittman said, “He’s our fairy godfather, I guess!”
Following the success of the one-night-only June 8, 2015, Broadway concert staging of Bombshell, Universal Stage Productions announced that the property is in development as a full-length stage musical.
It was previously announced that Joshua Bergasse, who earned an Emmy Award for Smash and also co-directed and choreographed the Broadway concert, will return to create the dances for the stage production. Steven Spielberg, who was executive producer on Smash, will be involved in Bombshell’s ongoing musical developments.