Or: More TV Shows About Live Theatre, Please.
By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist)
Well folks, it has happened. The long expected announcement has come: Smash is no more.
I have long been vocal in my support of the show. But I guess it simply couldn’t recover from its troubled first season. And whatever you may have thought about the show, it was employing a lot of artists in my industry who would not otherwise be employed, and for that I’m truly sad.
It got so much better this second season. I enjoyed the Hit List tunes as standalone pop songs. And The “Opening Night” episode for Bombshell was truly a thrill. Had the whole series been like that episode, I think they would have had something more lasting. The fact that the episode focused on real workplace drama -- for example, the real issues that arise between two musical theatre writing collaborators while working on a piece of theatre -- rather than love triangles or adoptions and the like was amazing. I really feel there’s an episodic television show in the business that we call show that Smash attempted to deliver on in its better moments.
If Happy Endings isn't picked up by USA I'm gonna hurt someone. I can't have another one of my stories cancelled this season.
So farewell to my beloved Smash. It was a brave experiment. I hope that our little industry of sweet lady theatre garners the eye of television again, and sometime soon.
GREGORY JACOBS-ROSEMAN is a composer/lyricist and theatrical sound designer. His musical Save The Date: A New Musical Wedding Comedy will premiere in the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. www.gregjr.com
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