The much buzzed about new show, Smash premiered last night and even though it’s been billed as “Glee for adults” “Glee 2.0” and also, “Who is Katharine Mcphee?” (okay, that last one was just me), Smash got off on a high-note.
This musical drama is more drama than comedy, unlike its predecessor Glee. Where Glee kids throw slushies in faces and every episode is about “going to regionals” and having “sing-offs,” Smash tells the story of the behind the scenes drama as cast and crew try to put a musical about Marilyn Monroe on Broadway.
Katharine McPhee stars in this flick about a Midwestern girl who moves to New York to make it on Broadway, and although some of the characters rest of tired clichés, the music and the drama makes it all worth it.
Again, unlike Glee, there is actually story taking place and maybe only a handful of musical performances per episode and they usually derive out of the context of a scene, like a rehearsal or audition etc. All I'm saying is, if a character on Smash is in a wheelchair, he will not suddenly go into a dream sequence where he ditches the wheelchair and dances around to a Michael Jackson song. That will not happen.
Anyways, you can watch the show yourself or check out these critics reviews rounded up for your reading pleasure.
The Hollywood reporter says, “Smash is a surprisingly high-quality drama and entertainment well worth your investment of time and support.”
Salon calls the show, “an irresistible take on Marilyn, musicals” and the reviewer also ads, “I was absolutely, instantly bewitched.”
The Wall Street Journal says, “the show seems to have a lot of promise, and the musical numbers dazzled.”
Entertainment Weekly says, “I’m a sucker for behind-the-scenes stories, for how-they-do-it productions, for catty exposes of how dirty one’s hands must get to create a gleaming-bright spectacle.”
For now, people love Smash. Now, if the show starts incorporating cheerleaders, teenage pregnancies, gay drama, or even the mention of “regionals” I will immediately stop watching.