If you’re like us, you had a lot of feelings when Smash was canceled, but one burning question stood out among the rest: Will we ever find out what the heck Hit List is actually about?!? The mystery will finally be revealed at New York City hotspot 54 Below on December 9, when Smash stars Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus and more team up to perform Hit List in its entirety, featuring bonus songs that never made it to air. Praise Marilyn!
Smash viewers may recall the foggy premise of Hit List, a musical that opened at the fictional Manhattan Theatre Workshop before transferring to Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre and winning a whopping seven Tony Awards. We knew Hit List was a sad and edgy story about the price of fame (or something) but we weren’t ever sure of the actual plot. Finally, press notes describe Hit List as the tragic love story of a wannabe pop singer who transforms herself to become a star and the hidden songwriter she uses to get there.
Presented by Julia Brownell, Joshua Safran and Jennifer Ashley Tepper, the concert will feature a live band. Benjamin Rauhala will serve as music director. Hit List was written by composers Drew Gasparini, Joe Iconis, Andrew McMahon, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Lucie Silvas.
Jordan garnered a (real) Tony Award nomination for Newsies, and also appeared on Broadway in West Side Story, Rock of Ages and Bonnie and Clyde. He will star in the new Stephen Sondheim concert A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair at New York City Center. Rodriguez currently stars in First Date on Broadway. Her additional stage credits include In the Heights, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line and Good Vibrations. Mientus appeared in Carrie off-Broadway and the national tour of Spring Awakening.
Click below to revisit "The Goodbye Song" from Hit List!