THE "SMASH" REPORT: Season Two, Episode 9, Or, I'm a Pretty Girl, Mama
03 Apr 2013
PLAYBILL BIO: We're told in this episode that Leigh won a Tony Award for starring in Anything Goes, and that she was pregnant with Ivy during the run. The role of Reno Sweeney in Cole Porter's Anything Goes, in real life, earned Patti LuPone a Tony Award nomination as Best Actress in 1988 and got Sutton Foster the Best Actress Tony win in 2011. The Tonys weren't around back when Ethel Merman created the part in 1934. (The shipboard musical comedy that Peters is known for in real life is Off-Broadway's Dames at Sea, a spoof of shows like Anything Goes and Hit the Deck and films like "42nd Street" and "Follow the Fleet.")
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.