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Curtain Closes on Smash

NBC’s musical theatre drama “Smash” has officially been cancelled for next season. The Huffington Post has an article with reactions from the cast on Twitter.

While I love the show, I end up watching it on their NBC website than during primetime, and low ratings were a primary reason for it’s cancellation. While I’m not caught up on season 2 yet, I’ve heard there were choices in the more recent episodes that many fans didn’t like. I thought the show held a lot of promise, and liked it better than Glee because it wasn’t quite as contrived or autotuned. So many members of the cast were Broadway veterans and are just incredible talented. I saw “9 to 5: The Musical” in 2009, and while I didn’t love the show, Megan Hilty was phenomenal. She has stage presence that literally lights up and controls a room and an incredible voice. I’ve loved her ever since.

I also like that it was a more accessible way for the general public to experience musical theatre. It’s cheaper and easier than going to see a show in New York or even locally, so I hoped people would jump and the chance. Maybe the next musical show will fair better.

Amanda LaBrot takes a picture with Megan Hilty outside of the "9 to 5: The Musical" stage door in September 2009.

Amanda LaBrot takes a picture with Megan Hilty outside of the “9 to 5: The Musical” stage door in September 2009.

25 Years Old and Going Nowhere Fast

Phantom of the Opera celebrates its 25 birthday today, making it the longest running musical Broadway history. gives all the background information on the famous attendees, including the incredibly handsome and talented Hugh Panaro. It’s really a shame his face is covered up for most of the show.  I saw it for the first time in 2010 (kind of crime when since we go to New York every year for Thanksgiving), and loved it more than I could have imagined. Plus, Sierra Boggess, the current Christine, is just perfect.

Majestic Theatre, 2010