It was first just coming back as a concert event for one night only in NYC, but now news is out thatÂ Bombshell, the musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe from within the awesome (but long gone) NBC showÂ SmashÂ will be made into a REAL freakin’ show. Â I am SOOOO THERE. Â It would be interesting to see if any of the actual members from the TV version would come over to headline the role – I think it’s Megan Hilty’s to lose. Â OMG it’s like the show is becoming life.
I have been going through some kind ofÂ Broadway Show phase, which includes updating my “Status of Musicals” rankings to include the last few shows we’ve seen…as well as putting the fictionalÂ Bombshell musical from NBC’sÂ Smash. Â I absolutely love the music from the show and would happily see a real production of it. Â I know that in a post from years ago whenÂ Smash was still airing, I posted the Hulu or NBC.com link to the video of “Don’t Say Yes Until I Finish Talking” but it went away after a few weeks as content providers don’t want you to have endless access to content for free, they want you to consume it while ratings can be derived from it. Â But fortunately, someone has posted it on Vimeo, and I’m happy to include it here…along with other performances I loved from the series. Â And it must be pointed out that the chorus boys in this number are damn fine.
Next up, “20th Century Fox Mambo,” which is an absolute blast to listen to on its own but when you factor in this great staging of it, it takes it to the next level:
This next track is another of my favorites from the series but in the plot of the show, it was kinda dropped as they were going to have a Nat King Cole number but then decided against. Â I just love this song to pieces though. Â So, here’s “Let’s Start Tomorrow, Tonight“:
“History is Made at Night” is probably my favorite song fromÂ Bombshell though, as I can just imagine seeing it performed on a Broadway stage and it being the number that brings the house down. Â The chorus just blows everything away and has one of those hooks that you can’t get out of your head for the next day. Â MAN! Â Someone bring this show to reality! Â (Sorry about the attached video – it cuts out for some reason in the middle and there’s no other video I can find of the performance…)
I know thatÂ Smash had a bunch of contemporary songs too, but those performances were typically my least-favorite part of the show. Â I also didn’t care all that much for the other musical brought in during the second season,Â The Hit List,Â as I really was invested in seeing what they did with Megan Hilty’s character, Ivy, and what was done to bringÂ Bombshell to Broadway. Â Le sigh. Â The show has ended but the soundtrack and Youtube videos keep the show going on!
Alright, they probably aren’t going to fire me just over that, but seriously, watch SMASH. It’s a fun, slightly soapy (okay, very soapy) show about making a Marilyn Monroe musical on Broadway. It’s not too insider-y (which makes some critics sad and I admit, it would be cool to get a true look at the behind the scenes world of Broadway) and is very easy to watch and follow along with. Some of the characters are absolutely awful, for different reasons. The actor who plays the son of Debra Messing is positively the worst actor in television. His dad or mom must be a producer, or else he slept his way into the show. There’s no other excuse for him being on such a high-profile network show. The character of Ellis is a terrible character as well, as he’s just a villainous guy who always hears things he shouldn’t and is always in the wrong place at the right time. Yet as opposed to a villain you kind of love to hate, he’s someone you just don’t understand why he does anything. So it’s annoying. With those particular quibbles out of the way, the talent on display is really the reason to watch SMASH. The musical numbers are fantastic, and most of the cast is truly talented, especially Megan Hilty (who plays Ivy, one of the characters competing for the role of Marilyn) and Katherine McPhee (who plays Karen, the newbie making her big break in Broadway and who was also up for the role of Marilyn).
Anyway, watch the show, especially if you are a Nielsen family. It’s been renewed for another season, yay!, so there’s hope it can improve its ratings. A new showrunner is also coming on board for next season, so maybe he can ditch the terrible actor and figure out some better plot threads for these talented actors. As a hint of the awesome numbers, here’s a clip below. If a musical were actually made with these numbers, I’d go see it in a hearbeat! Doesn’t hurt that the chorus boys are pretty hot.[hulu:http://www.hulu.com/embed/5QocYvTOKEF8q7RPazKLFw]
In book stuff, since I last wrote about the Game of Thrones series, I’ve made serious progress forward. Serious progress. I’m now on Book 5, A Dance With Dragons, and I think the last time I wrote about it on this site, I was on Book 2. They’re huge books and so much goes on! Highly recommended series, and if you can, watch the HBO show too. Freakin’ epic. I also just received the latest Stephen King book, another entry in the Dark Tower series, set squarely between books 4 and 5. Stephen King even says the new book, The Wind in the Keyhole, could be referenced as Dark Tower 4.5. Haven’t started reading it and probably won’t till I finish ADWD, but I love having a queue of awesome books to look forward to. Eventually I’ll have to read the last of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked series too. Anyway, I brought this up as the website Vulture.com ranked all 62 of Stephen King’s books. I don’t agree with some of the explicit rankings (Rose Madder is not his worst book by a long shot) but overall, it’s a fun read. Each book gets a paragraph or two about why it sucks or why it rocks, and those descriptions immediately transported my mind to my own experiences reading these books. I think I’ve missed about 3 or 4 of his books, but everything else, I’ve been there. I just re-read IT, which they ranked as #3, and it’s hard to dispute it. I forgot how good that book was till I re-read it.
Here’s the link to Vulture’s slideshow list: