Next week’s (March 12) ‘Chemistry’ episode of ‘Smash’ finds Karen, played by ‘American Idol’ star Katharine McPhee, feeling down and out about struggling to make ends meet as a Broadway actress. In a bid to make some extra cash, the performer picks up a bar mitzvah gig, where she sings her troubles away with a cover of Florence + the Machine’s feel-good hit ‘Shake It Out.’
Listen to the song:
Apparently, Florence’s message really hits home for Karen, who has a revelation about her passion for performance, despite that whole “starving artist” thing. “Believe it or not, when I was told I was going to sing with a bar mitzvah band, I thought, ‘What could we do?’ Of course everyone thought it should be an old standard but the label and I put our heads together to think what might be very cool and also fun,” McPhee told AOL Music of the song selection process for the scene.
“We went through a bunch of songs and when I heard this last year, I knew we had to do it. Florence + the Machine’s record had not come out yet but we had heard the song and thought this would be amazing especially in this setting,” the singer/actress shared, adding, “So far this is one of my favorites.”
Megan Hilty (playing actress Ivy Lynn auditioning for the role of Marilyn Monroe in “Smash”‘s show-within-a-show Marilyn) and Will Chase (playing actor Michael Swift auditioning for the Joe DiMaggio part) join songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to preview and talk about the song “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Written as a duet between the Monroe and DiMaggio characters, the song reflects the character arcs of the actors as they strive for stardom, even as it describes the desire of Monroe and DiMaggio to live a normal life outside of the spotlight.