On the first season of NBC’s Broadway dramedy Smash, Bernadette Peters gifted the television world with a stunning rendition of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” When Peters returns to the show during season two, she'll get to belt out at least one original song.
In a post on his Facebook page, Tony Award-winning composer/co-lyricist Marc Shaiman (Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray) announced news that he and partner Scott Wittman will pen a song for the famed singer. “My birthday present this year will arrive one day late but well worth the delay, for it is the fact that Bernadette Peters will be filming an original song of ours tomorrow on Smash," he wrote. "With a Jonathan Tunick orchestration! Musical theatre heaven. So I can die happy. (And no, I have no idea when Smash starts airing, don't bother asking!)”
Peters guested last season on Smash as Leigh Conroy, the famous stage mother of aspiring actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty). Details of Peters’ reprise appearance are in short supply, so Shaiman’s Facebook slip is an exciting gem of news for fans eagerly awaiting the show’s midseason premiere in 2013.
Shaiman, along with Wittman, was nominated for two Emmy Awards for his music compositions for Smash's first season. The songwriting duo previously earned a Tony Award in 2003 for Hairspray, and another nomination in 2011 for Catch Me If You Can. Tony-winning musical orchestrator Jonathan Tunick has previously worked with Peters on Into the Woods and Follies, and remains one of only eleven artists who has won the coveted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony).