It’s Not About Getting There, It’s About Staying There: SMASH Season 2 Preview
The show that had a head start on everyone else but still managed to managed to come in last place last season gets a second chance tonight with the debut of it’s new season. NBC debuted SMASH last year as a show that aimed to show the inter-workings and a behind the scenes take on the Broadway show business. The show quickly found its self in the same melodramatic format as everything on television. However, with new faces, new stories and plenty of new work going in behind the scenes, SMASH is the most anticipated television show to return this year. Luner on Theatre gives you a look into what this second season may hold for NBC’s SMASH.
SMASH debuted last year under the control of playwright Theresa Rebeck. After a dismal first season, Reneck is out and Safran is in. Yes, Joshua Safran known for his work on the television show Gossip Girl. And what exactly is his new take on SMASH for this season? He has brought in new actors, new writers, new producers and a lot of new fresh ideas NBC is getting behind as they try to turn their SMASH into a legitimate smash hit. According to a press release, in Season 2 of SMASH;
“The Bombshell team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, including producer Eileen Rand, writers Tom Levitt and Julia Houston , last-minute star Karen Cartwright and director Derek Wills. But, they are all about to learn even a charmed show cannot avoid paying for sins of the past. Will Eileen get away with mixing business and pleasure with her shady paramour, Nick? Will Julia’s marriage to Frank survive the revelation of her infidelity? Will actress Ivy Lynn bounce back from the shame of losing the lead role to rival Karen and bedding her fiancé in retaliation? And will Tom and Julia’s long-time partnership endure the changing tides of opportunity? As they all scramble to push forward, one of the show’s players finds Brooklyn natives Jimmy Collins and Kyle Bishop toiling away on a current-day rock musical of their own, which could either become Bombshell’s biggest rival, or yet one more Broadway false start.”
Appearing in the first season and returning for the second are Katharine McPhee (“American Idol”) as Karen Cartwright and Megan Hilty (Wicked, 9 to 5) as Ivy Lynn — the two leading ladies in competition for the lead role of the Marilyn Monroe-based musical Bombshell. Oscar winner Anjelica Huston as producer Eileen Rand, Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher) as composer Tom Levitt, Emmy Award winner Debra Messing (Will & Grace) as lyricist and book writer Julia Houston and Jack Davenport (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) as director-choreographer Derek Wills.
Who is new this season? Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) as songwriter Jimmy Collins, Andy Mientus (Carrie) as book writer Kyle Bishop and Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family) as Karen’s new roommate Ana Vargas. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) will appear in a multi-episode arc as Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen and Ivy. Tony nominee Sean Hayes (Promises, Promises) will also recur as Terrence Falls, Jesse L. Martin (Rent) will play Scott Nichols, the artistic director of a non-profit off-Broadway theatre. New behind the scenes of SMASH as well as songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story), Joe Iconis (The Black Suits), Drew Gasparini (Make Me Bad), Andrew McMahon, Luci Silvas and more many. They all assist in the variety of productions you’ll see this year on SMASH as well with the songs used outside the production.
And what about the Guest appearances that people couldn’t get enough of in Season one? Season two will feature guest appearances by Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray), Tony winner Liza Minnelli (The Act), Tony nominee Montego Glover (Memphis), Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray) and many more! Some of these guests will be playing themselves while some will not be! But who exactly? You’ll have to tune in to find out!
If you can’t tell form the impressive roster of stars coming to SMASH in season 2, its clear boosting the show’s ratings are definitely one of Safran’s one main goals. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Safran talked about just how far SMASH is going to secure great television this season. He talked about overhauling technical aspects of the production such as costumes and how they filmed some scenes which were later entirely scrapped. This all in the goal of making not only a more cohesive story line for the many characters but a better overall experience for SMASH. And when asked what the main theme of season two is, Safran put it perfectly.
“Last year the whole thing was ‘Stars aren’t born, they’re made’. This season is ‘It’s not about getting there, it’s about staying there'”
SMASH returns tonight to NBC at 9 PM with a two hour season premiere! The episodes titled “On Broadway” and “The Fallout” will play back to back beginning at 9 PM. All following episodes will take place on Tuesdays at 9 as well. Stay tuned for Luner on Theatre’s full coverage of SMASH as the season evolves with mutilple shows, stars and plots in a whole new chance for NBC’s SMASH. For more information visit SMASH’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!