When it started, I was curious about how the TV people would present the development of a Broadway musical. Well, all you have to know is that they have cancelled next season, so all those questions left unanswered will live forever in our minds…. unanswered.
When I invest my valuable time in destination TV, it is usually because I like it. This was not the case with “Smash.” It was a terrible show. But for those of us in the theater, we were curious about how they would portray “us.” Or, what we really wanted was to be able to explain to all the people who are curious about what we do, that we were certain characters on the show. Nothing I liked better than to say to folks, “have you ever watched “Smash?” --- well I’m kind of Angelica Huston.” Although to tell you the truth, I like the Jerry character, because he’s a Producer with endless funds.
When I started writing this blob, sometime about two weeks ago, I had no idea that a performance at the White House, was in my future. Yes, that White House. But last week, Gefilte Chronicles the Musical, invited us to the White House in honor of Jewish Heritage Month. Who knew there was a Jewish Heritage Month? Although it is certainly a Religion with lots of Heritage, and good fish.
Anyway, I have been spending most of my time like Angelica Huston. Except, she has people who work for her. One does the PR, in a kind of a sleazy way. She plants false information with people on the Tony nominating committee which discourages them from voting for anyone but her client. This woman is truly offensive. Yes, there are sleazy people in the business but never as obvious as this woman. It’s important to keep reminding myself that it’s only a TV show. And on television there has to be drama, tension, heroes, victims, liars, sex, villains, and most importantly, pithy dialogue. Unfortunately, the scripts for “Smash” were terrible. They made some wonderful talented actors into blithering idiots. Well, maybe they didn’t blither, but it came pretty close.
So, was there any good news about “Smash?” Of course there was. It gave a great many out of work Broadway actors a salary and benefits for at least, the time it was on. Plus six weeks.
Back to the White House. We are thrilled and honored to have been invited. We are kind of like “the little engine that could.” We just keep moving forward with our gem of a show, and eventually we will have audiences all over the country and maybe even the world…. Toot, toot, toot. We’re just sayin’… Iris