Historic Videos: Marilyn Monroe Weds; Dies. Celebrities Debut on Broadway.

The Associated Press film and video archives, put up last week on YouTube, means 1.7 million stories to choose from, including these involving Marilyn Monroe; a demonstration by Broadway performers carrying “Don’t Kill Broadway” signs, and featuring Theodore Bikel; as well as videos showing a variety of celebrities debuting on Broadway: Paul Simon, Elton John, Dolly Parton.

Marilyn Monroe Weds Joe DiMaggio 1954

Marilyn Monroe Dies Tragically (plus a news item about Eisenhower weirdly tacked on)

Broadway Performers Demonstrate – featuring Theodore Bikel

Paul Simon on Broadway

Elton John to write a musical

Dolly Parton announces Nine to Five Musical



Smash duet between Bernadette Peters and Megan Hilty

One reason to regret what seems at the moment to be the inevitable — that the second season of Smash, the backstage theater TV series, will be its last. In this duet, Bernadette Peters and Megan Hilty play real-life mother and daughter who are performing as Marilyn Monroe and her mother Gladys.

Smash’s Bombshell, Marilyn Monroe Broadway Musical, Now An Album

Smash: Katherine McPhee playing  Broadway performer Karen Cartwright in the fake musical about Marilyn Monroe "Bombshell," which now has a real cast album.

Smash: Katherine McPhee playing Broadway performer Karen Cartwright in the fake musical about Marilyn Monroe “Bombshell,” which now has a real cast album.

A 22-song album of the music from “Bombshell” will be released on February 12, a week after the Tuesday, February 5th premiere of the second season of Smash. The first season of this Broadway backstage television series focused on the making of the fictional musical about Marilyn Monroe.

Remember when there was speculation about whether “Bombshell” would be produced on Broadway for real? The producers of the NBC TV series told reporters they would like to see that happen, and the talent is there: The real-life Broadway songwriting team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can) are the ones supplying the original songs supposedly put together by the TV songwriting team of Julia Houston and Tom Levitt (Debra Messing and Christian Borle.)

Whether the album is a start or a substitute is unclear. One clue: Look to see if the creative team calls the recording a cast album or a soundtrack.

Here are the tracks:

Bombshell1. Let Me Be Your Star (Extended Intro)

2. At Your Feet

3. Smash!

4. Never Give All The Heart

5. The 20th Century Mambo

6. The National Pastime

7. History is Made at Night

8. I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Love To Howl

9. Mr & Mrs Smith

10. Don’t Say Yes Until I Finish Talking

11. On Lexington & 52nd St

12. Cut, Print…Moving On

13. Public Relations

14. Dig Deep

15. Second Hand White Baby Grand

16. They Just Keep Moving The Line

17. Let’s Be Bad

18. The Right Regrets

19. (Let’s Start) Tomorrow Tonight

20. Our Little Secret

21. Hang The Moon

22. Don’t Forget Me

Smash pilot (only the first two minutes are free)

Smash season 2 teaser: Jeremy Jordan and Andy Mientus join the cast, and guest stars will include Jesse L. Martin, Sean Hayes, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters and Jennifer Hudson.