Blonde am­bi­tion col­lides in Smash

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - ZOE NAU­MAN

AL­READY film­ing its sec­ond sea­son in the US, this tale of the birth of a mu­si­cal and the tri­als and tribu­la­tions on and off stage be­tween the char­ac­ters is grip­ping from cur­tain- up.

With star power in­clud­ing De­bra Mess­ing, Jack Daven­port and An­jel­ica Hus­ton among the cast, it is like an adult ver­sion of Glee with the plot lines to match.

Al­ready seen here on Aus­tar, the story re­volves around the cre­ation of a new Broad­way mu­si­cal based on the life of Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and this opener in­tro­duces us to key char­ac­ters Karen Cartwright ( played by Amer­i­can Idol con­tes­tant Katharine McPhee, pic­tured) and Ivy Lynn ( played by sea­soned Broad­way star Me­gan Hilty). While Karen has a spec­tac­u­lar voice, she is still look­ing for her big break, and Ivy is well prac­ticed in tread­ing the boards.

The girls go head to head for the lead role in Mar­i­lyn and the se­ries fol­lows their story.

SMASH , South­ern Cross, Tues­day, 9.30pm

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