Bombshell In Concert
The Actors Fund, in association with People.com, is proud to announce a special one-evening-only streaming event: “Bombshell In Concert,” featuring a reunion of original cast members from the now legendary NBC series Smash. This special event will stream on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 PM ET, and will stream exclusively on People.com, PeopleTV and People's social platforms (Facebook and Twitter). The evening will be introduced by two-time Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger and, during intermission, Difficult People’s Julie Klausner will host a live (virtual) reunion with the show’s original cast members.
The night will feature Smash stars Christian Borle, Jaime Cepero, Will Chase, Brian d’Arcy James, Jack Davenport, Ann Harada, Megan Hilty, Raza Jaffrey, Jeremy Jordan, Katharine McPhee, Andy Mientus, Debra Messing, Leslie Odom, Jr., Krysta Rodriguez and Wesley Taylor.
It has been five years since the iconic and sold-out one-night-only live performance of “Bombshell In Concert” electrified Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre—and seven years after the award-winning NBC hit “Smash” concluded its series—and now the company returns for an event to be streamed directly to the fans. Cast members will also discuss the show that brought original musical numbers to network television every week, which lovingly celebrated life on Broadway.
Bombshell, the show-within-the-show about the life of Marilyn Monroe, features a score by Tony and Grammy Award-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who also served as executive producers of Smash. The live, one-night-only concert, held at the Minskoff Theatre on June 8, 2015 and featuring songs from the NBC series Smash, included fully staged numbers and a full orchestra and chorus, and remains one of the most successful fundraisers ever for The Actors Fund.
That now historic evening was produced by two of the series executive producers, the Emmy Award-winning Craig Zadan and Neil Meron; and was co-directed and written by Scott Wittman, and co-directed and choreographed by Smash’s Emmy Award-winning choreographer, Joshua Bergasse. Music Supervision was by Scott M. Riesett under the direction of Marc Shaiman. HMS Media serves as the production company for this special streaming event. With original concert video footage filmed by Reel Time Video Production and originally edited by Jonathan Frank.
The streaming of “Bombshell In Concert” continues the musical’s honored association with The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and serves as a safety net to everyone in the performing arts and entertainment industry, and which is providing emergency financial assistance for those in need due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
As the emergency situation with Coronavirus continues to evolve, The Actors Fund has temporarily transitioned to online and phone-based services, which remain available for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community. These services include: Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, Housing Resources, Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS and Senior Services, Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance, as well as The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
Smash is based on an original idea by Steven Spielberg who was also executive producer of the series. Smash was created by Theresa Rebeck.