Liza Minnelli will guest-star as herself in the upcoming season of Smash. As part of the appearance, Minnelli will sing an original song with series regular Christian Borle written by composer-lyricists and executive producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Her episode, “The Surprise Party,” will air mid-season this spring. “Liza Minnelli is the essence of a multi-talented, singular show business sensation, particularly for her extraordinary contributions to Broadway,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said. “So what could be more fitting than to have her legendary talent on a show that celebrates a world Liza has dazzled for decades? I had the pleasure of working with Liza when we restored her landmark television special ‘Liza With a Z’ at Showtime, and to see her artistry up close and personal is a thing to behold.” Smash returns Feb. 5. The second season will also feature previously announced guest stars Jennifer Hudson, Jesse L. Martin, Sean Hayes, and Bernadette Peters.
Category : News
According to TVGuide, Bernadette Peters, who portrayed Leigh Conroy/Ivy Dicken’s (Megan Hilty) mom on NBC’s musical hit “Smash” will be returning midway through the show’s second season.
The actor will recur as Scott Welker, the artistic director of a theater company who has history with a couple of the characters. Will he clash with Julia’s (Debra Messing) reported new love interest, played by Daniel Sunjata?
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – August 13, 2012 – Emmy Award-winning actor Sean Hayes (NBC’s “Will & Grace”) will guest star in a multi-episode arc on NBC’s “Smash” as Terrence Falls, a comedic television and film star who is making his Broadway debut in the musical “Liaisons,” based on the novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” Due to a series of comic circumstances, he becomes a major thorn in the side for Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) and other characters.
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!”
NBC is firming up Smash 2.0. The musical-drama is adding another character to the show next season, giving Karen (Katharine McPhee) a roommate.
Broadway actress Krysta Rodriguez has joined the show as a series regular, playing “Ana,” Karen’s “fun and spunky new roommate” who’s also also “an ensemble member in Broadway shows trying to make her mark.” Last season Karen lived with her boyfriend Dev, one of several Smash characters expected to exit the show next season.
Smash: Season 1 is now available for pre-order for only $44.99. Check it out at the following link: Smash: Season One
The second season of NBC musical drama series Smash will feature a second musical alongside the Marilyn Monroe show within the show “Bombshell.”
According to the chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt, a rival musical will surface and executive producers and music composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are currently searching for composers and lyricists to write new tunes for the competing show. Some of the cast members of “Bombshell” will even jump ship to the other title.
Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, revealed in an interview with Variety that the second season of the TV series “Smash” will have theatre songs by songwriters other than Tony Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
Expect a second musical to surface in the new season of the musical drama created by Broadway’s Theresa Rebeck (Seminar, Mauritius) and now shepherded by Joshua Safran (“Gossip Girl”). At the end of Season One of the scripted series about the making of a Broadway musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe, the musical Bombshell was poised to begin performances on Broadway after a rocky workshop period and out of-town tryout.
Greenblatt told the trade that executive producers Shaiman and Wittman are looking for composers and lyricists to write new tunes for the second season (but presumably not for Bombshell, for which Shaiman & Wittman penned numbers).
Reportedly, a rival musical will emerge to give Bombshell some competition (shades of Once versus Newsies or Avenue Q versus Wicked), with some of Bombshell’s personnel jumping ship for the other title.
It was announced on June 26 that theatre actor Andy Mientus would play the role of “Kyle,” a musical writer, in the coming season.
NBC has not officially announced a return date or timeslot for Season Two, except to say that it will return in mid-season. Shooting begins in and around New York City this summer.
Variety reported that composer/co-lyricist Shaiman and lyricist Wittman (Broadway’s Catch Me If You Can and Hairspray) are seeking songwriters who have theatre chops but no exposure yet on Broadway. Greenblatt told the trade, “I love the idea that out of this show we’ll be able to give some new composers a huge break. We thought it was a great way to open up the sound of our show, too.”
“Smash,” will again star Emmy Award winner Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Oscar winner Anjelica Huston (“Prizzi’s Honor”), Jack Davenport (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films), 2012 Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Legally Blonde the Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher), Katharine McPhee (“American Idol”) and Megan Hilty (9 to 5: The Musical).
From Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television, “Smash” came from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Spielberg (“ER,” “Schindler’s List”). The series’ executive producers also include Joshua Safran (“Gossip Girl”), who is new to the second season; Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning “Chicago,” “Hairspray” and Broadway’s recent Promises, Promises and How to Succeed…); Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (“United States of Tara,” “The Borgias”); and Tony and Grammy Award winners Shaiman and Wittman; and Rebeck.