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Was NBC’s “SMASH” A Ratings Smash? And Will We See A “Marilyn” Musical on Broadway Now?

After much publicity and hype, NBC finally debuted what they hope will be a new jewel in their lineup… but was SMASH the ratings smash that the network hoped for?

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After much publicity and hype, NBC finally debuted what they hope will be a new jewel in their lineup… but was SMASH the ratings smash that the network hoped for?

Scheduled immediately after NBC’s highest rated show of the moment, The Voice, the news is both good and bad. While The Voice grabbed 17.7 million viewers – making it the highest rated entertainment series for the network in more than four years - It also grew in viewers over the course of the show’s telecast – but for Smash it is a slightly different story.

Smash, however, which aired immediately following   The Voice isn’t quite yet the mega hit that the network may have hoped for, but shows tremendous promise. The musical-series, which chronicles the drama and competitiveness behind the production of a Broadway show, was the third-highest rated new drama debut of the season, and the total viewership trailed four other network shows – garnering 11.5 million viewers. 11.5 is a healthy number,  nothing to be ashamed of there…but it dropped viewership over the course of the hour – which is not a good sign of viewer interest.

All that said, the curtain is anything but shut on the series. The show will continue to benefit from the growth of The Voice’s audience over the course of the series. Smash also had offerered free online and on demand viewing of the premiere episode in the past few weeks – and while that was unlikely to have an enormous impact on the premiere numbers, it could help episode two sustain a greater live viewership for the new episode next week. (Smash is expected to have 15 episodes, coinciding to air after each episode of The Voice.)

Interestingly, a question that crossed my mind while I watched the show was – in a world where TV and Film quickly find themselves with Broadway adaptations – could the fictional “Marilyn”  musical being developed for Smash eventually make it to a Broadway stage someday? It turns out, Steven Spielberg, one of the Executive Producers on the show has not ruled that idea out. When the concept for the series began, the idea was that each season would follow one musical born and completed. From that moment, he reportedly entertained the idea that if one of the season’s productions seemed to have the traction, Spielberg would make it into an actual Broadway musical.

Time will tell… I for one hope the show finds (and keeps) its audience – right now it shows great promise and some creative writing, casting and production.

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Celebrate The Last Day Of Pride Month With Megan Hilty’s Beautiful Rendition Of ‘The Rainbow Connection’

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🎶For all the lovers, the dreamers and LBGT.🎶

With only a few hours left to celebrate the magic of Pride month, the LBGTQ+ heavens opened up and sent down one more gift. Megan Hilty.

The Smash star gave a special Pride performance of the appropriately-themed classic “The Rainbow Connection” for ABC’s LA! Pride and of course she crushed it. The song was first sung by Kermit the Frog in the 1979 film The Muppet Movie and shares a message of hope and inspiration which obviously resonates strongly with the LBGTQ+ community. The only way Hilty’s rendition would be better is if she was covered in Muppet fur honestly.

The Broadway belter captioned the post with a sweet sentiment which read “Happy #pride🌈 kids! It doesn’t end today. Be proud of who you are every day of the year, and find your rainbow connection. 💕✨” And she’s right, every day should be filled with Pride!

Check out the moving performance below and Happy Pride y’all!

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The Trailer For ‘Hamilton’ On Disney+ Just Dropped And Honestly July Can’t Come Soon Enough

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Unlike Aaron Burr, I can’t “wait for it.”

It’s a pretty tough time for Broadway lovers right now. The coronavirus pandemic has left the fate of our beloved Great White Way uncertain and there is no definitive word on when theaters will reopen. Just when things were looking their bleakest, however, Lin-Manuel Miranda rode in on his metaphorical horse…although I’m sure he could have a real horse if he wanted to, he’s very rich…and shared some good news that reignited hope for all us theater lovers. On July 3rd, the mega-hit musical; Hamilton will be available for streaming on Disney+.

The musical was filmed with the original Broadway cast at the Richard Rodgers Theater back in June of 2016. The filmed live production was meant to hit theaters on October 15th but with the fate of movie theaters also unknown, it was decided to shift the show to a streaming platform. In the film, there is creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Jonathan Groff as King George, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton.

Disney+ dropped the trailer for the streamable version and suddenly I feel “helpless” that July 3rd is still a few weeks away.  The musical is obviously amazing but judging from the trailer, the directing and the editing of this film are really going to help make this feel like we are sitting front row center to this production.

Check out trailer below!

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Idina Menzel And Megan Hilty Sing ‘For Good’ For The Class Of 2020 And It’s Obviously Super Good

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Safe to say 2020 has changed pretty much everything for good…

Remember when an acne flare up was the biggest concern of your senior year? Unfortunately the class of 2020 didn’t have the luxury of such a menial fear but instead had to worry about an unprecedented pandemic sweeping the globe and figuring out a way to virtually finish their final days of the school year. Well, when the world is spiraling out of control there is always one thing that I turn to for comfort, a green witch and her snarky blond counterpart. Maybe that’s too specific. But I think we can all agree that watching Idina Menzel and Megan Hilty sing “For Good” from the hit Broadway musical Wicked has enough power to make anyone feel magically better.

In a post on social media Hilty, who played Glinda the Good Witch from 2005-2006, shared the performance which begins with a message that reads

“To the class of 2020; Over the last few years you have made friends and memories that have changed you for the better. We now hope you go out there and change the world for good. This is for you.”

This song choice is poignant for the graduates who may not have even had the chance to say goodbye to their fellow classmates before parting ways in different directions. In the musical Glinda and Elphaba, the role Menzel originated, sing this duet when they finally realize that although they must continue on different paths, their friendship has left them changed for the better. And it gets me every time!

Check out the moving performance below, and congrats to the graduates who made it through such a difficult senior year!

https://twitter.com/meganhilty/status/1271144778802094084

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