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Glee Recap: Prom-asaurus

It’s prom time again, and as usually happens, the idea is better than the execution. When Principle Figgins (Iqbal Theba) tells Brittany (Heather Morris) she must improve her feeble record as class president – or he will abolish the position … Continue reading

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Smash Recap: Previews

Don’t blink. There’s only one more night of Smash before hiatus and events are starting to hurtle toward the climax, not only of Bombshell’s opening but also of the season’s (sure-to-be cliffhanger) finale. Thankfully producer David Marshall Grant penned this … Continue reading

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The Music of Smash: Album Reviews

This week, NBC Records finally released The Music of Smash, the first compilation of songs (18 for those who purchase the CD at Target, 13 for those who purchase elsewhere) from its musical series Smash, and the album has received mixed … Continue reading

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Glee Recap: Choke

After two weeks of tribute shows, this week’s episode of Glee was thankfully unencumbered by retrofitted catalog songs, and it was refreshing to hear the nice balance of Broadway and pop songs that director Michael Uppendahl smoothly juggled amid the … Continue reading

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Smash Recap: Tech

I have a love-hate relationship with Smash. And this week it’s hate. It’s perverse that a show about a Broadway musical continues to shy away from Broadway music – and some weeks, any type of music. Last night’s episode was … Continue reading

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Glee Recap: Dance with Somebody

“Dance with Somebody,” directed by Paris Barclay and written by Ross Maxwell, is the quickly assembled tribute to Whitney Houston, who died a little over 10 weeks ago. The first of seven songs heard from Whitney’s catalog is “How Will … Continue reading

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Smash Recap: Publicity

“Publicity” marked the return of pilot episode writer Theresa Rebeck and director Michael Mayer, and it was one of the best episodes since the pilot. Of course, much of Smash still doesn’t make sense – Iowa-fresh Karen (Katharine McPhee) remains … Continue reading

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Glee Recap: Saturday Night Glee-ver

In the recent New Yorker, Adam Gopnick comments on “The Forty-Year Itch,” that “prime site of nostalgia” invoked by 40-something Hollywood suits fascinated by “the Edenic period preceding the fallen state” of their lives. Last night’s episode of Glee is … Continue reading

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Smash Recap: The Movie Star

Finally, in Episode 11, we meet Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman) – the cameo last week being little more than a publicity teaser ­– and as too often happens with marquee names, the star of Bombshell has the wattage but not … Continue reading

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