“Hit List,” NBC’s Fictitious Musical on “Smash,” Now a Reality in NYC

Hit List poster from NBC's Smash
Hit List poster from NBC’s Smash

NBC’s Smash, produced by East Hampton director Steven Spielberg and starring Hamptonites Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing, was canceled after Season 2, but it’s getting new life on Broadway—and not in the way you’d expect.

While Smash itself won’t be getting a Broadway revival, Hit List, the fictional musical in the series, will become a reality in two already-sold out concerts at Manhattan’s 54 Below supper club (254 West 54th Street). On the television show, the once-fake musical was written by Smash characters Jimmy Collins and Kyle Bishop, played by Jeremy Jordan and Andy Mientus, who will also star with fellow Smash alum Krysta Rodriguez in the upcoming shows on December 9, at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.

The venue, 54 Below says Hit List is “a modern fable about identity and the price of fame” that “tells the tragic love story of a wannabe pop singer who transforms herself to become a star and the hidden songwriter she uses to get there — but at what cost?”

On Smash, the fictional musical opened at Manhattan Theatre Workshop and then moved to Broadway, where it opened at the Barrymore Theatre and earned seven Tony Awards. The 54 Below shows in December mark Hit List‘s actual, real life world premiere.

Smash executive producer Julia Brownell, Season 2 showrunner Joshua Safran and theatre historian, writer and producer Jennifer Ashley Tepper are presenting Hit List, while Benjamin Rauhala will come on as musical director, according to 54 Below.

Hit List will feature songs by several composers, as well as songs that were written for it but never aired on Smash. Composers Drew Gasparini, Joe Iconis, Andrew McMahon, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and Lucie Silvas will all contribute.

Unfortunately, Hit List is already sold out, but it’s possible more dates will follow. To learn more about the show, the venue and to inquire about future tickets and performances, visit 54Below.com. (Watch the fake Hit List promo from Smash below.)

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