THE SCREENING ROOM: A Look Back at Season One of NBC's Musical Drama "Smash" (Video)

By Playbill Staff
02 Jul 2012

Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, up-and-comer Andy Mientus and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson are in the wings for the second season of the NBC musical drama "Smash." In anticipation of the star-studded upcoming season, takes a look back at Season One of "Smash."

From "Happy Birthday, Mr. President," Karen Cartwright's (Katharine McPhee) private audition for director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport), to "Don't Forget Me," Karen's show-stopping Marilyn Monroe ballad, we've compiled the musical numbers from the first season of "Smash." Check out "Let Me Be Your Star," the popular duet from the pilot episode; "Let's Be Bad," featuring Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) as Marilyn; and guest appearances from Nick Jonas, Will Chase, Bernadette Peters and Uma Thurman, among others.

And, in case you forgot the behind-the-scenes drama at Bombshell, read the "Smash" Report.

The scripted drama about the subculture of musical theatre people is the brainchild of Steven Spielberg. Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, "NYPD Blue") penned the pilot episode; as previously reported, Josh Safran, an executive producer at CW's "Gossip Girl," will succeed Rebeck as "showrunner" — the person in charge of all aspects of story — for Season Two of "Smash."

Shooting for the hour-long series' next chapter begins this summer in and around New York City. It will return to the NBC schedule in mid-season. Emmy Award winner Debra Messing ("Will & Grace"), Oscar winner Anjelica Huston ("Prizzi's Honor"), Davenport ("Pirates of the Caribbean" films), Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Legally Blonde the Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher), McPhee ("American Idol") and Hilty (9 to 5: The Musical) are among the stars who will return next season — smashing!


Happy Birthday, Mr. President: