NBC is offering previews for their 2011/2012 television season and I couldn’t help but get excited about “Smash,” a musical drama that turns its lens behind the scenes of the creation of a Broadway production. The trailer is pretty sharp but will it work and how queer will it be? The show is set to be a mid-season replacement, as the pilot has just been picked up and they are currently filming. “Smash” could work because of:
The talent: Features Debra Messing of (“Will & Grace”) fame, Katherine McPhee ( “American Idol”), Megan Hilty (“9 to 5: the Musical”), Brian D’Arcy James (“Next to Normal”), Angelika Houston.
The One to Watch: It’s a strong cast but keep an eye on Megan Hilty. Not only is she a total sweetheart but girl has some serious pipes. She easily stepped into Dolly Parton’s high heels to play the beloved Doralee by equally paying homage yet making the character her own!
Queer meter: The trailer alone features queer comedian Kate Clinton, Katherine McPhee’s character auditions with “Over the Rainbow” from the Wizard of Oz, from the folks who brought you Chicago and Hairspray: queer producers Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Marc Shaiman, who also writes some of the music…and it’s about the creative process of Broadway = GAY!
It’s going to be tough because…the trailer takes itself way to seriously and let’s hope there is more humor in the mix. Strange to “introduce” Katherine McPhee when she was one of the best singers on “American Idol” and came in 2nd for Season 5, has done a couple of films, television appearances. I get it from a marketing angle I guess…but she has a strong fan base, tap into it with relish! I personally can’t get enough of musicals but will the audience be open for more shows with musical elements? Will people be suffering from “Glee” burnout?