Smash: Musical Adaptation of NBC Show

‘Smash’ into Summer Workshop

Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee in "Smash"
Courtesy of NBC

“Broadway, Here I Come!” said the musical adaptation of the late NBC show Smash, which is planning a workshop for the summer, according to producer Robert Greenblatt.

The musical was in the works in May of 2020, with Tony winner Bob Martin (“The Prom”) and Tony-nominated Rick Elice (“Peter and the Starcatcher”) writing the book.

Greenblatt is aiming for a Broadway opening in 2024, with the show being titled either “Smash, A New Musical” or “Smash: The Musical.”

“They’ve delivered a draft that I’m very excited about, and we’re now in the process of putting together our first workshop, which is, you know, the earliest step in a musical where you just get a cast together, read the script and perform the score just for the producers,” Greenblatt told Variety. “That will most likely happen at some point this summer. So it’s the first step, but things are moving along really nicely.”

Greenblatt added that the workshop’s cast will probably consist of “actors who are friends of ours, that will do us a favor. It’s really not meant to be the cast for the show yet. So we’re a few steps away from getting to that stage.” He declined to name any picks he has for a dream casting of the live production.

As previously reported, the team also includes Spielberg and Neil Meron (“Annie Live!”), who both served as executive producers on the series.

Greenblatt was chair of NBC entertainment at the time and championed “Smash” as his own passion project. Tony- and Grammy-winning pair Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who wrote most of the series’ score, are also set to work on the musical, along with choreographer Joshua Bergasse. Meron, Greenblatt, Shaiman and Wittman are also collaborating on the Broadway adaptation of the 1959 film “Some Like it Hot,” which is set to open later this year.