Marilyn Monroe may have left us in body, but her spirit is alive and well thanks to Megan Hilty, who plays Broadway baby Ivy Lynn on the NBC musical series Smash. And while Hilty is no stranger to life as a Broadway star, having played Glinda in the production of Wicked, her transition into television has her on the way to becoming a household name. But aside from the show’s extremely talented cast, the musical drama itself hosts an incredible score of original Marilyn Monroe-themed songs. And just like the rest of us, Hilty has a favorite: “”Let’s Be Bad.”"
Hollywood.com News Editor Lindsey DiMattina spoke with Hilty at Duracell’s March 21 kick-off For “”Rely On Copper to Go for The Gold”" Olympics program in New York City, and got an inside scoop on the actress’s take on the small-screen production of Marilyn: The Musical and her transition into a Smash-ing star.
On her favorite Marilyn Monroe musical number:
“”With the original music, they’re all so beautiful, but I’d definitely say ‘Let’s Be Bad’…It was just this huge number and it was the first one we ever did that was fully fantasy. It was great.”"
‘She was just a classic, iconic American beauty, an American star,’ series star Katharine McPhee tells MTV News.
It seems like no matter where you turn in the pop culture realm lately, you are more than likely to find a reference to blond bombshell Marilyn Monroe. Nearly 50 years after Monroe died at the age of 36, she is still considered one of the most iconic figures in Hollywood history. So it’s no surprise that in 2012 she is having another shining moment.
She was brought to life by Michelle Williams in her Oscar-nominated role in “My Week With Marilyn,” was paid homage in Madonna’s video for “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” and channeled by Nicki Minaj in her leaked track, fittingly titled “Marilyn Monroe.” And each week on the new hit series “Smash,” two aspiring stars vie to play her in a role for a Broadway musical.
If Marilyn Monroe: The Musical surpasses expectations to television and Broadway addicts, then what is next to come for Smash? TheDailyBeast.com has recently posted an article with crew members dishing in on what to expect and writer, Theresa Rebeck’s start with the show.
Behind the scenes look at Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty as Marilyn Monroe
Fifty years after her death, the mention of Marilyn Monroe conjures up familiar imagery: that whispery voice, the platinum hair, her vulnerability. From Michelle Williams’s recent embodiment to yet another reissue of Monroe’s last photo shoot, she’s still inescapable, and always exerting a gravitational pull on popular imagination.
NBC’s upcoming series Smash is many things—a backstage drama, the brainchild of creator and executive producer Theresa Rebeck—but it’s also a loving paean to Broadway, and to the enduring legacy of Monroe.