Opened: June 8, 2015
Music by: Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by: Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Benefit Concert Cast: Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, Will Chase, Debra Messing, Jaime Cepero, Brian d’Arcy James, Ann Harada, Jeremy Jordan, Donna McKechnie, Leslie Odom Jr., Wesley Taylor, Yesenia Ayala, Ioana Alfonso, Emily Bindiger, Colin Bradbury, Benjamin Chavez, Dennis Collins, Neal Coomer, Alexa De Barr, Josh Franklin, Karla Garcia, Mary Gatchell, Alex Gibson, Tyrone Jackson, Reed Kelly, Jenny LaRoche, Marty Lawson, Carolyn Leonhart, Karen Lloyd, Michael McArthur, Paul McGill, Chase Madigan, Kevin Osborne, Nicole Prothro, Lillie Ricciardi, Eugene Ruffolo, Michael Ruocco, Ripley Sobo, Eric Stretch, Sarah Tolar, Jessica Walker, Katie Webber, Tatiana Wechsler & Sam Zack
Bombshell is perhaps the greatest show to never make it to Broadway or Off-Broadway. Luckily, the show originated on Smash received a one-night only concert.
Marilyn Monroe (Megan Hilty & Katharine McPhee) is an icon cemented in celebrity and scandal. Her life is given the close-up from childhood to death in a musical that shows both her emotional and playful sides.
As in Smash, Hilty & McPhee trade off the role of Marilyn, but they’re always the best when onstage together. The opening number, “Let Me Be Your Star,” is show-stopping on its own and is just the beginning.
The cast from the NBC series reprises their stage roles and gives Debra Messing a narrating role, while also providing Jeremy Jordan – who was not in Bombshell on Smash – a number of his own.
Final say: Get this show on Broadway! ★★★★★