Airdate: Smash

One of Foxtel’s brightest new international dramas for 2012 is Smash, the NBC musical drama featuring Debra Messing and American Idol‘s Katharine McPhee.

Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg it dramatises the staging of an American musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe.

The cast also has a coup in Angelica Huston playing a Broadway producer, with songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman from Hairspray also on board creatively.

Foxtel had originally promised the series to air same day / date as the US, but it will now premiere on February 21, two weeks after its US debut on February 6.

There’s nothing more exciting than the opening night of a hit Broadway musical, except maybe what happens getting there – this is the story of Smash.

One of the most acclaimed US drama pilots of the season, the series is now in production in New York and Smash will premiere Tuesday February 21, 2012, on Foxtel’s W channel.

Julia and Tom, a successful songwriting team played by Debra Messing and Christian Borle, begin work on a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. When tenacious producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston) jumps aboard, so begins the difficult task of casting the silver screen icon.

Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty), a tough Broadway veteran, seems like the obvious choice. But enter Karen Cartwright (American Idol’s Katharine McPhee), a young girl from Iowa with a dream of making it on Broadway, who walks in and blows everyone away. So who will get the part and begin a journey that will change their lives? It’s an age-old story, but a star just might be born once again.

While everyone is consumed with putting the show together, real life has a tendency of getting in the way. Julia and her husband are in the middle of a complicated adoption; the producer’s husband begins divorce proceedings which could threaten the finances of the show; and the brilliant but womanizing director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport) could derail everything if he puts the young star in a compromising position. This will be a rollercoaster ride that culminates on opening night when the audience gets to determine whether or not the show is a smash!

Executive producers Steven Spielberg and Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (producers of Chicago and Hairspray), and songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), bring you the blood, sweat, and tears of the making of a Broadway musical.

Tuesday February 21 on W channel.

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