IS THE SHOW ALL ORIGINAL SONGS?
Even though the show chronicles the development of an original musical and features several original songs, there are also a fair amount of covers. When it comes time to make the albums, this could be the way they release them, according to co-executive producer Craig Zadan. ”They’ll be two kinds of music, so, one way of going is an album with the covers and then an album with the Marilyn songs, almost like an original Broadway cast recording,” he says. ”At the end of the season we should have at least 15 Marilyn songs. So that’s a cast album, basically.” A solid decision has yet to be made.
WILL THE SONGS BE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD?
The release of songs after they air is half of the fun of watching a music-based show (cough…Glee…cough). So, how will Smash handle its hits? According to co-executive producer Neil Meron, cover songs likely will be released to the public (and available for download) the night before or day after they air. ”Very similar to the Glee model,” he says. Music from the pilot is already available.
WHAT'S THE INTEL ON THE ALBUM? THERE WILL BE AN ALBUM, RIGHT?
As EW reported, there is indeed going to be a compilation album, but, Meron warns that the show features less music than Glee, so don’t look for several volumes per season. ”Glee, they have a lot more music than we do. It’s a lot more music per episode,” he says. However?
HOW MANY SONGS ARE THERE PER EPISODE?
About three. But it varies. In the pilot, there are several songs from the Marilyn musical and one pop song.
WHO BESIDES KATHARINE MCPHEE AND MEGAN HILTY WILL BE SINGING?
With a host of Broadway talent on their roster, Meron says they’d eventually like to get everyone singing, but ”it all depends upon the construction of the episodes.” For example, Brian d’Arcy James, who plays the husband of Debra Messing’s character, sings in a ”naturalistic way,” says Meron. ”So, it really fits his character and how he breaks into song. He is the chemistry teacher husband of a songwriter, but he’s not in show business himself. But there are ways we can get him to sing in a very real way.”
WHAT GENRE OF MUSIC WILL THE COVERS GENERALLY BE FROM? ANY SURPRISE SELECTIONS IN STORE?
There’s a little bit of everything. (The second episode, Meron says, opens with a Katharine McPhee cover of ”Call Me” by Blondie.) ”We have more contemporary songs, like Adele or Rihanna, that come up, and then there [are] some classic songs from the ’70s as well,” he says. ”So we’re in the pop vernacular, but contemporary pop so we sometimes go back to the ’70s and ’80s, too.” Just don’t look for any, say, Kanye West to pop up. ”Not yet. We’ve kinda stayed away from the hip-hop-R&B world. Rihanna is as close as we get, but it’s very much more in the pop R&B [world],” Meron says.
WILL WE EVER SEE THE FINISHED MARILYN MUSICAL?
Not this season. ”At the end of this season, we open out of town. So the show’s not finished, the show’s still a work in progress,” says Zadan. ”By the time we go, if we come back next season, and we are on the road to Broadway, we haven’t really decided how much of Marilyn the musical we’re going to show. We may show a lot of it, we may show less. It’s all open to creative discussions based on what happens next season.”
BESIDES THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED (UMA THURMAN, NICK JONAS), ANY GREAT GUEST STARS?
With the amount of star power already present on the show, Zadan and Meron say they didn’t want to overdo the guest stars this season. ”We wanted to focus on our stars of our show rather than throw in arbitrary guest stars to, like, try and spruce it up. We don’t really want to start that way,” says Zadan.