Bursting onto the scene in the post-Glee era, Smash took the TV musical concept a few steps further. Centered on the trials and tribulations of Bombshell, a new Broadway production based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, Smash mixes covers of radio stars like Florence and the Machine with an impressive catalog of such original tunes as "Let Me Be Your Star" and "Second Hand White Baby Grand" from the minds of Hairspray composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Hate-tweet all you want about Julia's scarves and Ellis' very existence, but the music of Smash is hard to beat — on TV or otherwise.
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