Any Smash fan knows that history is made at night, and that is especially true for Wednesday, May 20, when The Actors Fund, in association with People magazine, will livestream the 2015 one-night-only concert special Bombshell In Concert.
Bombshell is the Marilyn Monroe musical being staged in the cult NBC series Smash, which ran from 2012–2013. The concert, which featured the original cast from the show, was produced as a special event in 2015 as a fundraiser for The Actors Fund.
Now, the event will not only stream online for the first time, but will feature an introduction by Renée Zellweger (who wasn’t in Smash, but maybe is just a big fan?). The Bombshell In Concert livestream will raise money for The Actors Fund, which has “distributed $10.1 million in emergency financial assistance to 8,558 people in need due to the current COVID-19 pandemic,” according to Broadway World.
During the show’s intermission, Difficult People co-creator and star Julie Klausner will host a virtual reunion with Smash original cast members, including Christian Borle, Jaime Cepero, Will Chase, Brian d’Arcy James, Jack Davenport, Ann Harada, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, Katharine McPhee, Andy Mientus, Debra Messing, Leslie Odom Jr., Krysta Rodriguez, and Wesley Taylor.
“I speak for Neil Meron and our wonderful creative team of Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, and Joshua Bergasse when I say that we are thrilled to help raise more money for The Actors Fund and all their good work during this difficult time,” producer Bob Greenblatt said in a statement. “Smash and Bombshell In Concert were thrilling experiences for us, and we are overjoyed that fans everywhere will get to finally see these amazing performances. We’re grateful to everyone at The Actors Fund and People for their love of the performing arts.”
Actors Fund chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell added, “Bombshell in Concert will be a wonderful evening to share this benefit night with fans far and wide, and will raise much-needed funds to help The Actors Fund continue to help everyone in need in our entertainment community across the country.”
Smash only lasted two seasons and left the air seven years ago, but the show remains a cult classic for musical theater buffs.
Bombshell In Concert streams Wednesday, May 20, at 8pm ET on PeopleTV, People.com and People’s Facebook and Twitter.