There’s nothing more exciting than the opening night of a hit Broadway musical, except maybe what happens getting there. While Wicked and The Lion King pack audiences in on the Great White Way, Julia and Tom, a successful songwriting team played by Debra Messing and Christian Borle, begin work on a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. When a tenacious producer (Anjelica Houston) jumps aboard, so begins the difficult task of casting the silver screen icon.
Ivy Lynn, a tough Broadway veteran, seems like the obvious choice. But enter Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee), a young girl from Iowa with a dream of making it on Broadway who walks in and blows everyone away. So who will get the part and begin a journey that will change their lives? It’s an age-old story, but a star just might be born once again.
While everyone is consumed with putting the show together, real life has a tendency of getting in the way. Julia and her husband are in the middle of a complicated adoption; the producer’s husband begins divorce proceedings which could threaten the finances of the show; and the brilliant but womanizing director could derail everything if he puts the young star in a compromising position. This will be a rollercoaster ride that culminates on opening night when the audience gets to determine whether or not the show is a smash!
In the era of The Voice and Glee, executive producers Steven Spielberg and Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (producers of Chicago and Hairspray), and songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), bring you the blood, sweat, and tears of the making of a Broadway musical.
Day & Time:
Mondays (10-11 p.m. ET) on NBC
Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Raza Jaffrey, Brian d’Arcy James, Jaime Cepero, and Anjelica Huston
Steven Spielberg, Theresa Rebeck, David Marshall Grant, Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey, Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Michael Mayer (Pilot, Episodes 2 and 3)
Rolin Jones, Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky, Jim Chory
Theresa Rebeck, David Marshall Grant, Rolin Jones, Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky, Jacquelyn Reingold, Jerome Hairston, Scott Burkhardt, Jason Grote, Lakshmi Sundaram
Jane Musky (Pilot), Cabot McMullen (Series)
Director of Photography:
Shelly Johnson (Pilot), M. David Mullen (Series)
Andy Weisblum (Pilot); Bill Henry, Camilla Toniolo, Allyson Johnson (Series)
Original Music By:
Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Ethan Popp (Pilot), Jim Black (Series)
Costume Designer: Rita Ryack (Pilot), Molly Maginnis (series)
Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television