As of this writing the latest episode of Smash entitled, ‘Tech’ was shown on Monday night at 10pm NBC. There are two more episodes left with this mid-season replacement TV show. The cast and crew went to Boston for the technical rehearsal of the Marilyn musical. A lot of things happened since the pilot episode as this troubled production finally heads to Broadway.
Ivy Lynn played by Megan Hilty was cast as Marilyn Monroe. Karen Cartwright played by Katherine McPhee was asked to be in the chorus line as a back up performer. Julia Houston played by Debra Messing had an affair with Michael Swift played by Will Chase. He landed the lead role of Joe DiMaggio. Eileen Rand played by Angelica Huston gathers together a group of investors to watch part of the ‘chorus’ of this musical. It doesn’t go well and they decide to bring in a movie star to play Monroe. Ivy Lynn is out.
Rebecca Duvall played by Uma Thurman takes over the role of Marilyn. She’s a ‘star’ who cannot sing and it is yet another challenge for this struggling musical. Ivy has a breakdown as she goes back to the chorus line of the production, Heaven on Earth. She mixes pills with alcohol and falls during a big theatrical number. She is fired from the show. All of Broadway laughs at her who was once a rising star.
Julia and Michael are both married to others and have children. Her son Leo Houston played by Emory Cohen finds out about the affair. It affects him greatly because he was a close friend with Michael. Julia fights to remove Michael after the ‘chorus’ performance. She stops the affair and tells Leo who breaks down crying. Her husband Frank Houston played by Brian d’Arcy figures out what went on after finding sheet music left for Julia. He walks out on their marriage and hits Michael in the jaw with his fist.
Eileen struggles to find money for the musical. She meets a scruffy bartender who knows a musician with a lot of money. Eileen takes the plunge and receives seven million dollars to back the show. Her husband tries to sabotage her every move because he doesn’t want her to succeed. He keeps shoving his young dumb blonde in Eileen’s face. She is otherwise determined to make it without her husband.
Here are few of my favorite moments from this show. Derek Willis played by Jack Davenport is the director. He is consumed with Marilyn Monroe and begins to have fantasies. Karen turns into Monroe and talks to him. She then serenade’s him with a nice rendition of, Our Day Will Come.
Michael wants to rekindle his affair with Julia who is fighting hard not to. He finally sings to her on the New York sidewalk. She is a grown woman who melts into this little schoolgirl. Their chemistry is palpable and the kiss is quite passionate. The number he sings is called, A Song For You.
Ivy Lynn was on the verge of stardom because she is that good. She begs for her mother’s approval and sleeps with Derek for the attention. In the call back audition. She sings to the theater rafters with every part of her being. The song is, Let Me Be Your Star. Incredible. Ivy gets rehired in the Monroe chorus line as a back up dancer and singer. She plays nice and watches Rebecca snuggle up to Derek. Ivy believes she has lost him and belts out a Mary J. Blige song called, I’m Goin’ Down. It is filled with a lot of soul and pain.
Michael and Ivy sing my favorite song of the musical. He is Joe DiMaggio and she is Marilyn Monroe. They have fun with a great dance number called, History is Made At Night. I play this song on YouTube all the time. Repeat!