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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Let Me Be Your Star - SMASH

There is more drama behind the scenes than on stage, as the team prepares an ambitious Broadway musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Smash is an American musical drama series created by Theresa Rebeck and produced by Steven Spielberg.

The series is broadcast in the United States on NBC, and is a production of DreamWorks Television. It premiered on February 6, 2012.  This series is purely mind blowing and extremely breathe taking. The songs are fantastic to start with. With already 3 episodes aired I am already craving for the forth which will air on February 27, 2012. 

I have to be honest it has taken my attention to it. Yes I may be a little crazy when it comes to music. But not every kinda music drives me mad. I wish I could put on to my playlist one of my favourite - Let Me Be Your Star. This song made me have that same feeling when I was in the talks to take up the musical for Oz. It somehow show the real life on going things to those who are in the theatre life. All the drama and arguments. It is as the same as what is happening in real life. And many more issues which I won't be elaborate it here. He whole show was as real as it gets. 
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And I think it is time someone to do this. making the icon of the century - Marilyn Monroe on television. She will drives all of us to understand her more. To me, she is a truly misunderstood artist there is in our life time. She delivers us to how her life and hard work is done. The passion and fire of her burning desire to be a star. And she did everything that she could. Against all odds. Fighting with her own demons, fearing to be as crazy as her mother was. And it wasn't her sexy icon she was trying to mark her presence. It was her will which is. She was as normal as all walks of life. Just wanted to be loved. I guess it is high time to bring this misunderstanding to an end to a true icon. And who are we talking about to make this right than Steven Spielberg as the producer! Many thinks that this show will come up to prime time and be as a clear competition to Glee. Which is not. The target audience are different, in depth of the music are different, totally into Broadway I would say. Not show stage. Every song in there are totally non commercial at all. Putting us into the emotions they are trying to deliver. A much more adult contemporary I would say. 

This is a perfect television series made for us to understand much more than just the drama is going on. It is giving a voice to the helplessness of people who are in the business. For them to understand more about how a musical Broadway Show is being produced and the life of these people who are clearly being misunderstood by the public. And also a reminder to the people who are in the business about what are the right ethical things we should practice. Brava, Brava to the creators of Smash! I really do await for more to come.

Here are the list of awesome actors and actresses that make this television series possible.


Cast and character

  • Debra Messing as Julia Houston, a songwriter/lyricist and the musical's co-writer
  • Jack Davenport as Derek Wills, the brilliant (and womanizing) director of the musical, who is hoping for a breakout with the musical even if it means putting the lead in a compromising position
  • Katharine McPhee as Karen Cartwright, an Iowan who lands a successful audition and becomes the favorite for the role of Monroe.
  • Christian Borle as Tom Levitt, Julia's co-writing partner on the project
  • Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn, a veteran actress who was favored to land the Monroe lead until Karen came into the picture, and finds herself competing with the newcomer.
  • Raza Jaffrey as Dev Sundaram, Karen's live-in boyfriend, who works at the Mayor's office
  • Brian d'Arcy James as Frank Houston, Julia's husband, who dislikes theater and whenever Julia works on something new with Tom.
  • Jaime Cepero as Ellis Tancharoen, Tom's personal assistant who is attempting to receive credit for Marilyn
  • Anjelica Huston as Eileen Rand, the musical's tenacious producer, who is dealing with divorce proceedings from her husband, which could threaten the musical

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Live to love and love to live. The motto that I held on my entire life. Just a regular guy who loves what I am passionate in life. A song writer and producer. Living life on the move. From Malaysia to The States, New Zealand to Singapore. With the companion of great people in life. In and out from the music industry. Taking everything one step at a time. 
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