THE "SMASH" REPORT: Season Two, Episode 6, Or, Voices and Visions

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13 Mar 2013

Sean Hayes and Megan Hilty
Photo by Will Hart/NBC

"This Will Be Our Year," a song by The Zombies, is also covered by the Fringe kids as they inhabit their performance venue. Series songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman also penned a frisky harpsichord-kissed original number, "A Letter From Cecile," for that "Dangerous Liaisons" musical Ivy (Megan Hilty) is starring in. (Michael Starobin orchestrated it.) But this Liaisons "C" plot in "Smash" — with Sean Hayes as a mentally ill, clueless Hollywood star miscast in a musical — is so tedious that you barely realize the fact that Hilty has a gorgeous, legit head voice in addition to her (earlier-episodes) pop belt. Hilty is the series Superhero, again. (Did you read the Playbill report about Hilty's March 8 Carnegie Hall debut, in which she sang American Songbook standards, one "Smash" number and a Dolly Parton medley? It's been a busy week for the star. On March 12, her album of adult contemporary music was released by Sony.)



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