Producers Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron, and Steven Spielberg have today announced that SMASH, a brand new stage musical adaptation inspired by the fan-favourite NBC series of the same name, will be heading to Broadway in the 2024-25 season.
The production will be helmed by 5-time Tony-winning director Susan Stroman, with a score by the Tony- and Grammy Award-winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Some Like It Hot, Hairspray, Mary Poppins Returns, etc.), who wrote over two dozen songs for the television show, many of which will be used in the musical. They will also be writing additional new material.
The book will be co-written by Tony-winner Bob Martin (The Prom, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony-nominated Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher).
Emmy-winning choreographer, Joshua Bergasse, will reprise his role for the stage adaptation.
101 Productions, Ltd. will serve as General Management.
Many of the songs Shaiman and Wittman wrote for the television show — including the Emmy-nominated “Let Me Be Your Star” — will be used in the new musical. And while the story will follow the harrowing and hilarious process of mounting “Bombshell” (the musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe), the stage version of SMASH will also depart liberally from the series.
The musical adaptation will be based in part on the television series created by Theresa Rebeck which was produced by Universal Television. Executive producers included Rebeck, Steven Spielberg, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, David Marshall Grant, and Joshua Safran. It was produced in association with DreamWorks Television and Storyline Productions.