10 years later, we’re kind of living in an episode of “Smash.”

It has been 10 years since leading ladies Crush It begged us to let them be our stars. The NBC musical series, which focused on creating a fictional Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe, began as a promising pilot that aired after that year’s Super Bowl. But the show soon turned into a soapy cautionary tale Both on screen and offAnd ultimately, it only lasted two infamous seasons.

However, despite the relatively short and largely reprehensible period, Crush He has been able to dance his way into Zeit many times. In the final season girls, The show also premiered in 2012 and featured a pilot scene starring our heroine’s mother. Becky Ann Baker Andrew RunnelsElijah sings “Let me be your star” for an audition White men can’t jump Broadway musical. (Naturally, he gets the part.) Lots of actors Crush, Included Kathryn McPhee Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, And Christian Burrell Over the years it has reunited – in 2015 for a full sale the bomb Concert and in 2020 for Zoom in the Covid era.

Even now, a decade after its premiere, Crush It’s oddly relatable. Life in 2022 is a bit like enduring the hardships of the series Reconstruction of the second season– a shocking conclusion for anyone who thought this super-interesting series would fade from memory after the curtain came down.

What exactly do I mean: Let’s throw on one of Julia’s infamous scarves and examine the evidence:

all this funny Girl the show. CrushThe main story line is the battle for the role of Marilyn Monroe between veteran Broadway troupe Ivy Lane (Hilty) and newcomer Karen Cartwright (McPhee) in Iowa. This war caused chaos in the scene and outside for the bomb— a struggle seemingly mirrored by the actual Broadway revival funny Girl. The theater people gasped when they learned of that star Bonnie Feldstein will leave Title role replaced sooner than expected Lee Michel. Of course, there are thematic parallels here—Michelle’s years-long campaign to play Fanny Brace seems particularly ivy-like, while questions about Feldstein’s experience push her closer to Karen territory. There is also the issue A discrepancy was reported Between Feldstein and his student, Julie Benko And also Feldstein and Michel apparently share a theater actor, all of which seem like story lines cut from Crush Writers’ room

There are also literal connections between both titles. funny GirlDirector, Michael Meyer (who this year was also in charge of guiding Michelle axis spring awakening reunion special), directing multiple episodes of Crush, including its pilot. Harvey Fierstein, who wrote funny Girl revival’s book, appearing as himself in the second season Crush. And who can forget This incredible mention of Michelle In season one, episode eight? “Lea Michele? Lea Michele?!” Jeremy JordanJamie cries just because she’s starring on his show. Director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport) replies, “You say it one more time, he’ll magically appear.”

Marilyn Mania Ms. Monroe has been a staple of pop culture for decades, but CrushThe laser focus on the symbol now seems almost predictable. This year alone has seen CNN Review: Marilyn Monroe In January, Netflix The Marilyn Monroe Mystery: The Unheard Tapes in April, and – in September – the biopic NC-17 golden, with star Ana de Armas. Of course, Kim Kardashian It also made headlines at this year’s Met Gala for wearing (and destroying?) a dress once worn by Monroe.

More and more movie-inspired musicals. “Revivals and Movies – Why Doesn’t Anyone Make New Musicals Anymore?” Julia (Messing) comments in the series pilot. While his statement was true in 2012, it has only been solidified in the past decade. Since then a number of revivals and musicals inspired by the film have opened on Broadway, including Rocky, Waiter (once led by McPhee), beautiful woman, mean girls, And this fall almost famous. Crush Also possible with the influx of biographical musicals like Diana: The Musical show evil And Tina: Tina Turner’s musical.

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