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25-Mar-2015 11:46

The co-heads of Universal Stage Prods., NBC Entertainment chair Robert Greenblatt and Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz, were encouraged in part by the raucous enthusiasm fans showed for “Bombshell” in a one-night-only concert presentation in New York, as part of an Actors Fund benefit.

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“Bombshell,” the musical-within-the-TV-series that originated as part of the Broadway-themed NBC series “Smash,” is on its way toward a future life onstage, with Universal Stage Prods.

putting the property in development as a legitimate musical.

At the benefit performance, songs were interspersed with text taken from the writings of Marilyn Monroe and of those who knew her.

The staging also featured a number of fully choreographed dance numbers from choreographer Joshua Bergasse, who since working on “Smash” has become a Broadway regular, with shows last season including “On The Town” and “Gigi.” See More:‘Smash’ Cast Brings ‘Bombshell’ to Broadway for One Night Only Bergasse will choreograph the stage version, with a director and a book writer for the show still to be announced.

Whether Shaiman and Wittman, whose “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is targeting Broadway next season, will write new songs for the stage version isn’t yet clear, although it seems likely.Although the original cast of the TV series — including recent Tony winner Christian Borle as well as Katharine Mc Phee and Megan Hilty alternating in the role of Marilyn — appeared in the concert version earlier this month, none of them are attached to the brewing stage production. made no mention of Broadway as the specific end goal for “Bombshell,” but it’s certainly among the likeliest scenarios for what seems sure to be a large-scale musical production.