THE "SMASH" REPORT: Season Two, Episode 9, Or, I'm a Pretty Girl, Mama

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03 Apr 2013

PLAYING DOCTOR: Overeager MTW artistic director Scott Nichols (Jesse L. Martin) tells Jimmy and Kyle that if the Times wants more of Ana in Hit List, then they have to write more for Ana! Once again, the expectations of the Times must be met! (More and more, Nichols seems to have the demeanor of someone who runs a civic theatre rather than a serious-minded, writer's-based not-for-profit.) Later, Scott asks Julia if she might privately serve as dramaturg on Hit List, to clean up the storytelling. But don't tell Derek! Julia's about to go into tech for her Broadway show, but why not? She's trying to right her ancient wrong toward Scott (see last week), and maybe this is the way to do it — by playing show doctor to Scott's pet project. Perhaps she can clone herself.

CASTING WE WISH WE SAW: The oddest revelation of the week is that Leigh Conroy played Maria in a Broadway revival of The Sound of Music when Ivy was a fat child. Ivy wanted to be in the show, as one of the Von Trapp kids, and the casting director expressed interest in seeing her for the role of Kurt. We are not making this up.

Read The "Smash" Report columns that documented Season One here

(Kenneth Jones is managing editor of Follow him on Twitter @PlaybillKenneth.)

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