Stage Curtains

Sky Atlantic are hoping for a Smash with the musical drama starring Christian Borle, Debra Messing, Megan Hilty and Brian d’Arcy James.

Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire — to be a “Smash.” The series centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe — written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing). Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband (Brian d’Arcy James) of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit.

A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty (Katharine McPhee) – who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds – and stage veteran (Megan Hilty), who’s determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer, Eileen (Anjelica Huston), discovers the “Marilyn” project and jumps on board with a brilliant director (Jack Davenport) – whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality. The series stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg.

The series launched in 2011 airing on NBC.

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