Very good news for Season 5 runner up, Katharine McPhee. Smash, the pilot she shot set around the drama of producing a Broadway musical has been picked up by NBC.
Besides Katharine, the new series will feature Debra Messing, Angelina Huston, and Broadway stars including Megan Hilty, Christian Borle and Brian d’Arcy James.
Based on an idea by executive producer Steven Spielberg, Smash “tells the trials and tribulations of producing a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Among the characters in the drama are Borle as a Broadway composer, Messing as a lyricist, Huston as a producer, and McPhee and Hilty as dueling divas.”
The pilot was directed by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), written by playwright Theresa Rebeck and features original songs by the Tony-winning team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can), who also serve as producers.
There’s been some good buzz around Kat for a project that appears to be full of win. Congratulations Kat!