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NBC's musical-within-a musical TV series Smash kicked off its second season by releasing the original cast recording of Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe-inspired production the show's characters struggled to get off the ground in the first season. That was a smart move, since the Bombshell songs that were included on the season one soundtrack were among the most vibrant, capturing the passion that fuels staging a Broadway show. Bombshell plays like a true original cast recording, tracing the show's plot in its liner notes and separating its songs into acts. While the competition between Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) over who would be Bombshell's leading lady was one of the main plot points of season one, the cast recording features both wannabe Marilyns, allowing each performer to play to her strengths, whether they're singing together, as on "Let Me Be Your Star," or separately. While both actresses sing ballads and rousing songs, McPhee's more delicate voice works especially well on vulnerable numbers like "Never Give All the Heart," and Hilty's playful Monroe impersonation sizzles on "The National Pastime" and "I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn't Love to Howl." As with the tracks that premiered on the season one soundtrack, Bombshell was written by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, who bring the same wit to the rest of these songs. The slick, brassy "Smash!," "Public Relations," and "Dig Deep" examine the star system and publicity machine that Marilyn used (and was sometimes abused by) with clever lyrics, while "Don't Forget Me" is exactly the kind of showy finale expected from this kind of old-school musical. Elsewhere, Bombshell spotlights Smash's on-the-mark casting: Bernadette Peters gives the project more Broadway credibility with her turns as Marilyn's mother on the bubbly '30s pastiche "At Your Feet" and the unabashedly sentimental "Hang the Moon." Tony Award-winner Christian Borle delivers a show-stopping performance as a motor-mouthed Daryl Zanuck on "Don't Say Yes Until I Finish Talking," and Leslie Odom, Jr. embodies Nat King Cole on "Let's Start Tomorrow Tonight." Even if Bombshell isn't a real Broadway musical, it hits all the notes a production like this should, and showcases the most appealing parts of Smash in the process.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2013
Label: Sony
UPC: 0887654467928
catalogNumber: 544679
Rank: 35859

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smash Cast   Primary Artist
Bernadette Peters   Vocals
Wesley Taylor   Vocals
Christian Borle   Vocals
Debra Messing   Vocals
Katharine McPhee   Vocals
Will Chase   Vocals
Megan Hilty   Vocals
Julian Ovenden   Vocals
Henry Stram   Vocals
Savannah Wise   Vocals
Leslie Odom   Vocals
Nick Jonas   Vocals
Phillip Spaeth   Vocals
Jaime Cepero   Vocals
Bombshell Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Sophia Caruso   Vocals
Bombshell Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Marc Shaiman   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Orchestration
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Andy Zulla   Engineer
Larry Blank   Orchestration
Brad Dechter   Orchestration
Steven Spielberg   Executive Producer
Scott Wittman   Lyricist,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Craig Zadan   Executive Producer
Lawrence Manchester   Engineer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Josh Wilbur   Engineer
Neil Meron   Executive Producer
Ian Kagey   Engineer
Ethan Popp   Producer,Orchestration
Brett Pierce   Engineer
Scott M. Riesett   Producer,Engineer
Doug Besterman   Orchestration
Bryan Crook   Orchestration
Justin Falvey   Executive Producer
Darryl Frank   Executive Producer
Theresa Rebeck   Executive Producer
Jim Chory   Executive Producer
Joshua Safran   Executive Producer
Jeff Atmaajian   Orchestration

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