Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash
Music and Lyrics by: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Distributed by: Columbia Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
A couple of years ago, I offered up my first impressions of the television series known as Smash. The series features Debra Messing as Julia Houston who, along with her Broadway writing partner Tom Levitt (Christian Borle), has created a new musical about Marilyn Monroe. The show spans the creation, casting and eventual theatrical premiere of the new show, entitled Bombshell. Although I decided that I wasn’t intrigued enough by the storyline, I did find the musical numbers to be quite interesting.
On February 12, 2013, NBC and Columbia Records announced the release of Bombshell: The New Musical from Smash. The twenty-two track album features music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman performed by the cast of the musical within the musical, complete with liner notes detailing the plot of Bombshell.
Watching the first episode of the series, I couldn’t possibly know how the whole Marilyn Monroe musical would pan out. Listening to the Bombshell Soundtrack, I found that the creators of the series did a credible job on the musical within the musical. Bombshell is a full-length musical about the rise and fall of Marilyn Monroe, and a good one at that.
I enjoyed the songs which featured catchy lyrics and Broadway caliber performances by Bernadette Peters, Katherine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Will Chase, Uma Thurman and more. By the second listen, I found myself singing along and wondering what my sister, a Broadway musical fan, would think of this professional cast recording of a musical that will never actually reach Broadway.
Bombshell is a fun soundtrack that fans of the show will definitely want to get their hands on. But the soundtrack will be equally enjoyable by any Broadway musical fan who may never have actually set eyes on the show. Bombshell is a great album well worth taking a listen to.