Broadway’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who co-write the music for NBC’s hit musical drama SMASH, reacted to this morning’s news that they received an Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song ‘Let Me Be Your Star.’ Smash nomination nods also went to Uma Thurman as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series and Joshua Bergasse for Outstanding Choreography.
Commented Shaiman, “Scott and I are thrilled to represent all our partners at ‘Smash’ and are so very thrilled for our friends and co-’Smash’ nominees Chris Bacon, Joshua Bergasse and Uma Thurman, who make us smile, and in the case of Uma, laugh uproariously.”
Said Bergasse, “I’m so excited and honored that I’m nominated for my first Emmy for ‘Smash.’ I’m dancing across the room!”
“Smash,” the NBC series about the behind-the-scenes machinations of creating a Broadway musical, has had plenty of great musical moments in its 15 episodes. Nineteen original songs were written, all but one by Tony-winning “Hairspray” tunesmiths Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
Unfortunately for “Smash” and its songwriters — who have created an entire musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe, one that may still have a future in the legit theater — only two are entered in this year’s Emmy competition.
Emmy rules permit only a single entry from an “identical team” of songwriters from the same series. So Shaiman and Wittman, who were allowed to submit a single song, chose “Let Me Be Your Star,” the showstopping number from the pilot sung by Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty as two actresses vying for the part of the blonde bombshell.
In what’s been, to say the least, a season of ups and downs for “Smash,” the NBC comedy-drama about the making of a Broadway musical, there’s a plot twist in Monday’s episode that no one saw coming: Anjelica Huston will finally sing.
You can now pre-order your copy of “The Music of Smash” for May 1 release.
1. Touch Me
3. Who You Are
6. Haven’t Met You Yet
7. Shake It Out
8. Brighter Than the Sun
9. Let Me Be Your Star
10. The 20th Century Fox Mambo
11. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
12. Let’s Be Bad
13. History Is Made at Night