THE "SMASH" REPORT: Season Two, Episode 3, Or, Transitions Are Hard

By Kenneth Jones
20 Feb 2013

Megan Hilty as Ivy, sharing good news about landing a new role.
Photo by Will Hart/NBC

Some highlights of (and comments about) Episode 3 of Season Two of "Smash":

DOES NOT RHYME WITH RAISINS: Major Broadway casting director Bernard Telsey makes an appearance as himself here, casting a revival of the musical Liaisons. Ivy pushes to be seen for the prime role of Cecile, and Bernie relents, even though Jennifer Damiano and Jessie Mueller are in the running. (These dropped names mean little to the TV audience, but they are cherished young actresses in the world of Broadway. Damiano played the surviving daughter in Next to Normal and earned a Tony nomination, later playing Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. In her Broadway debut in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Mueller was nominated for a Tony, and she was just announced to replace Kelli O'Hara in Nice Work If You Can Get). With the help of some scene coaching from Tom, who has a real eye for directing (foreshadowing!), Ivy lands the Broadway part! Telsey, you might recall, was a face on the reality talent series "Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods," which helped cast the replacement star of the Broadway musical Legally Blonde. Among the hilarious challenges for those contestants was a test of their vocal skills and stamina: They had to sing while spinning madly on stationary bikes! In addition to his duties at Telsey + Company, Telsey is co-artistic director of the respected Off-Broadway not-for-profit theatre company MCC Theater.  (By the way, in the real world there are several musical versions of the 18th-century French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." One is called The Game, and it was revived in 2011 by Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts.) 

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