Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues
After two seasons, NBC’s Smash has been cancelled. At first NBC reacted to the show’s low ratings by moving it to a Saturday slot. Shortly after, NBC announced it was cancelling the show.
Although Smash struggled with developing all its characters and weaving together its multiple plot lines, the show was entertaining and visually stunning. Much will be missed about this show that brought theatre from the stage to the screen.
1) Theatre Actors On Our Screens
Viewers will miss Smash because it brought so many favourite Broadway actors on to their screens. People who dreamed of seeing Megan Hilty and Christian Borle perform finally had their prayers answered with Smash.
2) An Inside Look At Theatre Production
Smash provided its audience with a behind the scenes look at theatre production. It took viewers on the journey of creating and establishing a Broadway show. It took them through the process of casting, workshops, previews, and publicity. The latter has been particularly evident on the show as Bombshell producer Eileen Rand and Publicist Agnes demonstrated how press and media affect Broadway shows.
3) Mindblowing Covers
People often refer to Smash as “Glee for adults,” and that’s because they both cover popular music. The writers of Smash are picky about what songs will be covered, because they make sure the songs drive the plotline and develop characters. Megan Hilty’s performance of Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Going Down,” is the prime example of why viewers will miss Smash covers.
4) Exciting Larger Than Life Original Numbers
Smash imagined the entire scores for the two musicals that its story concentrated on – Hit List and Bombshell. With its original music coming from the minds of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and team Pasek and Paul among others, Smash is a pleasure to the eyes and ears. The larger than life performance numbers of the fresh and new music for Hit List and Bombshell will be missed.
5) Touching Friendships
While one can grow tired of live triangles, one never tires of endearing friendships that showcase kindness, sacrifice, and support. Viewers will miss the friendships of Tom and Julia, Sam and Ivy, Ivy and Tom, Kyle and Jimmy. These friendships on Smash showed what it meant to truly be a friend, and how even in the darkest hours friends can provide some light.
It may not have been the best show, or the highest-rated, but we’re certainly going to miss NBC’s Smash!