NBC’s new musical series ‘Smash’ dancers, actors, and extras casting underway

NBC's new musical series 'Smash' dancers, actors, and extras casting underway 1

NBC has ordered a first season of episodes for the new musical-drama pilot “Smash,” which follows a cross-section of characters who come together to put on a Marilyn Monroe musical on Broadway. The show’s casting directors are now casting guest stars, day players, dancers, extras, stand-ins, and photo doubles in New York.

Tony Award winner Michael Mayer will direct the series, which is being written by Theresa Rebeck. Rebeck is executive producing “Smash” along with Dreamworks TV’s Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Grammy and Tony Award winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who will write original songs for the show, will also co-executive produce.

New NBC chief Bob Greenblatt, who first developed “Smash” at Showtime, has been passionate about the show. The pilot episode , which was filmed in March, 2011, has been excitedly screened for NBC executives over the past several weeks. Unlike “Glee,” which is a music-packed series, “Smash” will instead focus on the effort that goes into making the music, choreography, and direction of a Broadway show come together.

“Smash” is being filmed in New York, and season 1 will begin shooting in June, 2011. The series will begin airing this fall on NBC.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

New York:

Bernard Telsey
Tiffany Canfield
Telsey & Company
311 W. 43rd Street
10th Floor
New York, NY 10019

Extras Casting

New York:

Grant Wilfley
“Smash” Extras Casting
123 W 18th Street
8th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Non-Union Registration: Mail a recent color photo and contact information to the above address.
Union Registration: Open registration is held the first Wednesday of every month for SAG and AFTRA members from 11:00am – 4:00pm at the New York office.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

“Smash” Production Office
226 W. 26th Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Universal Media Studios
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Dreamworks Television
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Storyline Entertainment
8335 Sunset Blvd.
Suite 207
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Craig Zadan
Neil Meron
Steven Spielberg
Darryl Frank
Justin Falvey
Marc Shaiman
Scott Wittman


Theresa Rebeck


Michael Mayer


Debra Messing – Julia
Katharine McPhee – Karen
Christian Borle – Tom
Megan Hilty – Ivy
Jack Davenport – Derek
Anjelica Huston – Eileen
Raza Jaffrey – Dev
Hale Appleman – Zach
Brian d’Arcy James – Frank


At the heart of the show are the musical’s composer Tom (Christian Borle), who is gay, and the lyricist Julia (Debra Messing), who is somewhat against the idea of a Marilyn Monroe-themed musical. The plot will follow follow an out-of-town tryout of a Broadway musical, and centers around a songwriting team who write a musical about Marilyn Monroe based on an offhanded remark from an assistant. They post a showstopping number on YouTube. When it’s a viral hit, a producer (Anjelica Huston) who’s looking to recapture success long past decides to produce the musical. There are two choices to play Marilyn – Karen (Katharine McPhee), a talented young newcomer, and Ivy (Megan Hilty), a theater veteran.