Smash. If you haven’t heard about Smash, I’m going to have to accuse you of living under a rock. The new NBC show airs February following the Super Bowl but the marketing has been going nonstop for months now. At its basic premise, Smash is the story of the creation of a Broadway musical. I’ve been looking forward to the show for quite some time so when I discovered that the pilot was being aired for free on NBC.com and Hulu.com, I jumped at the chance to watch it. I knew going in that barring an utter disaster, I would at the very least like the show. It’s been compared to Glee (which it’s not-something I’ll get into later) so the worst I expected were some cheesy original songs.
I was blown away. Smash is, no pun intended, smashing. It’s well-written, clever, brilliantly casted and the musical numbers are perfection. Considering the musical for this season is “Marilyn”, and that Marilyn Monroe has seen a bit of a revival in the media lately, one wonders if it would be overkill or piggybacking a good thing. If the current Marilyn focus is the ice cream, Smash is all of the toppings needed for a perfect sundae. (I admit, that’s a weird analogy but it was the best I could come up with).