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â€œSmashâ€ is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire - to be a â€œSmash.â€
In Season 2, the â€œBombshellâ€ 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 (Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, â€œPrizziâ€™s Honorâ€); writers Tom Levitt (Tony Award winner Christian Borle, â€œPeter and the Starcatcherâ€); and Julia Houston (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, â€œWill & Graceâ€); last-minute star Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee, â€œAmerican Idolâ€); and director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport, â€œPirates of the Caribbeanâ€). 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 (guest star Thorsten Kaye)? Will Juliaâ€™s marriage to Frank (guest star Brian dâ€™Arcy James) survive the revelation of her infidelity? Will actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty, â€œ9 to 5: The Musicalâ€) bounce back from the shame of losing the lead role to rival Karen and bedding her fiance in retaliation? And will Tom and Juliaâ€™s long-time partnership endure the changing tides of opportunity?
As they all scramble to push forward, one of the showâ€™s players finds Brooklyn natives Jimmy Collins (Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, â€œNewsiesâ€) and Kyle Bishop (Andy Mientus, â€œCarrie: The Musicalâ€) toiling away on a current-day rock musical of their own, which could either become â€œBombshellâ€â€™s biggest rival, or yet one more Broadway false start.
Weighing both the benefits and sacrifices of a career on Broadway, the â€œSmashâ€ cast of Broadway hopefuls is rounded out by Karenâ€™s lively new roommate/actress Ana Vargas (Krysta Rodriguez, â€œThe Addams Familyâ€) and Tomâ€™s boyfriend, Sam Strickland (Leslie Odom, Jr., â€œLeap of Faithâ€).
â€œSmashâ€ has welcomed an impressive array of guest stars, including Uma Thurman (â€œThe Producersâ€), Nick Jonas (â€œJonasâ€) and Bernadette Peters (â€œGypsyâ€), and the second season is no different. Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Grammy-winning actress-singer Jennifer Hudson (â€œDreamgirlsâ€) will appear in a multi-episode arc as Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen and Ivy Lynn. Emmy Award-winning actor Sean Hayes (NBCâ€™s â€œWill & Graceâ€) will also recur as Terrence Falls, the star of the musical â€œLiaisons,â€ who becomes a major thorn in the side for Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) and other characters. Jesse L. Martin (NBCâ€™s â€œLaw & Order,â€ â€œRentâ€) will play Scott Nichols, the artistic director of a non-profit off-Broadway theatre. Additionally, Harvey Fierstein (â€œLa Cage aux Follesâ€) makes a cameo appearance and Nikki Blonsky (â€œHairsprayâ€) recurs as Margot, a Broadway producerâ€™s assistant.
From Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television, the series stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (â€œER,â€ â€œSchindler's Listâ€). Executive producers also include Joshua Safran (â€œGossip Girlâ€); Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning â€œChicago,â€ â€œHairsprayâ€); Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (â€œUnited States of Tara,â€ â€œThe Borgiasâ€); Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (â€œHairspray,â€ â€œCatch Me If You Canâ€); Jim Chory (NBCâ€™s â€œHeroes,â€ â€œAmerican Dreamsâ€); and Theresa Rebeck (â€œMauritius,â€ â€œNYPD Blueâ€).
Day and time
Tuesdays (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on NBC
Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, Leslie Odom, Jr., Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus and Anjelica Huston
Steven Spielberg, Joshua Safran, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Jim Chory, Theresa Rebeck
Michael Morris, Bryan Goluboff, Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky
Becky Mode, Liz Tuccillo
Joshua Safran, Bryan Goluboff, Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky, Becky Mode, Liz Tuccillo, Jordon Nardino, Julia Brownell, Bathsheba Doran, Noelle Valdivia
Kalina Ivanov, Ruth Ammon
Director of photography
M. David Mullen
Bill Henry, Camilla Toniolo, Allyson Johnson, Amanda Pollack
Original music (including for "Bombshell") by
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Additional original music by
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Andrew McMahon, Joe Iconis, Drew Gasparini, Lucie Silvas, Jon Green, Jim Irvin, Julian Emery
Original score by
Jen Ross, Jojo Villanueva
Sam Hollander, Marc Shaiman, Andy Zulla, Scott Riesett
Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television