Thursday, July 30, 2015

Philly gets 'Smash'-ed for premiere

Philadelphians are filling the ranks of NBC's "Smash"

Philly gets 'Smash'-ed for premiere

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On "Smash," Katharine McPhee stars as luminous Karen Cartwright in the show-within-a-show "Bombshell."
On "Smash," Katharine McPhee stars as luminous Karen Cartwright in the show-within-a-show "Bombshell." WILL HART / NBC

On Monday, I told you that West Philly-born dancer Abdur-Rahim Jackson will appear on tonight's second season premiere of NBC's Broadway-themed "Smash," but Jackson isn't the only Philly name in the credits this week. Friend Central grad Benj Pasek and his writing partner Justin Paul have a song featured on tonight's episode called "Caught in the Storm." You can check it out early on iTunes.

Pasek and Paul are fast becoming major names on the New York stage. Recently, they wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway adaptation of "A Christmas Story," and they didn't shoot anyone's eyes out in the process.

Want to catch up on "Smash" before tonight's premiere? Read Ellen Gray's review.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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