Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire - to be a Smash. The series centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe - written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award-nominee Christian Borle) and Julia (Emmy Award-winner Debra Messing).
Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband Frank (Tony Award-nominee Brian d'Arcy James) of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit.
A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty Karen (Katharine McPhee) - who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds - and stage veteran Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty), who's determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break.
A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar winner, Anjelica Huston) discovers the "Marilyn" project and jumps on board with a brilliant director, Derek (Jack Davenport) - whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality. Jaime Cepero stars as Ellis, and Raza Jaffrey stars as Dev.
The series stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar-winner Steven Spielberg. The pilot was written by creator/executive producer and acclaimed playwright/screenwriter Theresa Rebeck. David Marshall Grant, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey also serve as executive producers. Original songs are written by Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who serve as executive producers as well.