I never judge a show by its pilot so I needed to give Smash a second episode before I could form an opinion on it. The first episode was so-so but at the end performance of “Let Me Be Your Star” gave me serious goosebumps and I knew I had to come back. I originally thought Smash would just be a grown-up version of Glee, but I’m glad I was wrong. It’s quite different and they focus more on narrative than musical numbers, which I appreciate.
But, with that said, the dialogue is lacking and the actors do the best that they can with the script. I really like that the musical numbers are incorporated into the storyline and the characters are consciously singing, unlike most musicals where the singing occurs spontaneously and outside of reality.
Here’s “Let Me Be Your Star.” I highly suggest you listen to it. It’s very moving and befitting of anyone who has big dreams; not even in the entertainment business. It describes the yearning anyone has to make a difference in the world. Aspiring politicians, doctors or scientists who want to find cures and vaccines, writers who want to touch the soul of their audience, or teachers who want to leave an impression on the students that come in and out of their lives. We all hunger for a face and a name to remember.
And speaking of Glee, in a strange coincidence “I Will Always Love You” was in the script for last night’s episodes and the decided to keep it in and wrote a nice note at the end for Whitney Houston. Amber Riley sang it very well in my opinion.