You Can't Stop The Beat: Top Ten Songs By Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

By Ben Rimalower
21 Dec 2013

Megan Hilty on "Smash."
photo by Will Hart/NBC

10. "Don't Forget Me" from Bombshell (as seen on "Smash")

People could quibble that "Don't Forget Me" is only moving while sung climactically by Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn as Marilyn in the musical Bombshell on the TV show "Smash." It's true that the value of "Don't Forget Me" is hinged on us connecting to the person making this grand statement, but I think the lyrics successfully balance enough reference to the familiar Marilyn Monroe legend to give the song a point with enough common ground for people to sympathize, and then the melody simply soars. Nobody can do a grand exit statement like Shaiman and Wittman. It's what the genre of contemporary Broadway would sound like — if such a genre existed.

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