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.")
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.