Finally, the future of Smash
Hey Smash fans, remember how that short-lived NBC musical drama series was intended to actually make a literal Broadway musical happen out of its storyline about the making of a Broadway musical? Well, after all this time, something like that is in development. A musical stage adaptation of the series itself, with producers Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron, along with a book from Bob Martin (The Prom) and score from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, is in the works. There are no production dates yet, obviously, but this has been a passion project for Spielberg for some time now, so it’s exciting to know that when Broadway shows eventually return, this will be on the docket. And while we’re all waiting, this is the perfect time to reach out to the cast of the series and see if anyone’s going to be too busy to recreate their roles on stage. Who has phone numbers for Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Anjelica Huston, Leslie Odom Jr., Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Raza Jaffrey, Brian d’Arcy James, and Jaime Cepero? It’s not urgent, really, but it is important.
Closer to a fine documentary about The Indigo Girls
Did you know that the beloved and legendary Indigo Girls have a new album out? It’s called Look Long. But wait, there’s more: Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will also be the subjects of an upcoming documentary from filmmaker Alexandria Bombach (On Her Shoulders). They’ve always been really private about their lives, although thankfully not with the all-important information about being extremely cool lesbians, but now Ray is loaning out her film and video archive of the band members’ lives and work. It’s a collection that spans nearly 40 years, much of it never-before-seen and very personal, so there’ll be plenty of material and plenty to thrill longtime fans. In production now, the untitled film is currently scheduled to be finished by early 2021. Expect a release on some sort of platform – Open movie theaters? HBO? Streaming services? What even is the future, anyway? – not so long after that.
Romeo San Vicente is already waiting on line for a ticket to Smash!