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‘Smash’ Review: The Read-Through


Well, this week’s Smash was  definitely an improvement from last week. First of all, they actually focused more on Bombshell! Shocking, I know. The opening number was the first time I completely believed in Karen as Marilyn. It might have something to do with the fact that we haven’t seen Ivy playing her in a while, but it was so very Broadway and engaging, it was wonderful and most definitely a show I would spend $200 and waste two hours of my life on.

Now, Jimmy and Kyle’s show? All of the songs kind of bore me. I don’t know if it’s the setting or the lack of production they are always presented in, but they are not as deep and moving like the show expects me to believe. Half the time, I kind of want to fast-forward. I feel like they belong more in a soft rock album than in a Broadway show and when I’m watching SmashI want Broadway. We still don’t know what the show is really about and that might be part of the problem.

They mentioned the show is rough, heavy. Well, so are Rent and Next to Normal (and the mentions of both made me happy!), but the songs are strong and really well paced. They are not all slow and angsty, even when they are singing about HIV, mental illness or death. They are still Broadway, and if you want me to buy that the songs for this show are so good: Give me something to see that for myself instead of telling me so.  Maybe let Wednesday (Ana, AKA Karen’s new BFF, who I will always refer to as Wednesday) sing? She’s an amazing performer, I do hope we see more of her.

I am happy to say there was no Veronica Moore this episode, and I sincerely hope her arc is gone. But I was happy to see other familiar faces: Margo (Nikki Blonsky, who played Tracy on the movie version of Hairspray) and Terrance (Sean Hayes, Jack from Will & Grace), and I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing a Jack and Grace reunion at some point, but Smash seems to like missing a bunch of opportunities, so I won’t be holding my breath.

Speaking of Terrance, of course they are screwing Ivy over yet again. I know her play will tank, or she will quit, or get fired eventually because they need to get her back into Bombshell somehow, but couldn’t she just have a short season on Broadway or something? Also, she needs to sing more.

As for Bombshell itself, looks like more drama is ahead, but I’m glad Eileen is HBIC again. I hope we get to see more of her being said HBIC in the coming episodes instead of having to jump through hoops all the time. Actually, I hope she finds out about Ellis and takes matter in her own hands, that would be interesting.

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