First things first: I’m flying to New York. And after spending three days there, I’m flying home. In some ways, it’s a goofy waste of time and money, which naturally means that I intend to enjoy myself enormously. I may not, in the words of P.G. Wodehouse, “step high, wide, and plentiful,” but I shall certainly be stepping less low, narrow, and stingy than I do at home.
My agenda is almost entirely open. I will probably do some shopping and eat some pizza. The only thing I have scheduled right now is…well, do you promise not to laugh? I’m going to see The Hit List.
I don’t blame you if you don’t know what that is. Do you remember the show Smash? It was about people putting on a big-budget musical about Marilyn Monroe, and it was very flawed. But I enjoyed the heck out of it anyway. In the second season, there was another musical being staged, an Off-Broadway thing called “The Hit List.”
It was never too clear what it was about. There was a Diva and an Aspiring Actress and a lead actor who played the piano. One song involved aerial silks and another had a gun pointed at the audience. At the time, it seemed clear that all the songs were just there to reflect the problems of the characters in the television show while also demonstrating that Katherine McPhee had a pretty voice when she wasn’t being asked to be a Broadway belter.
After Smash went off the air, Marc Shaiman wrote a great blog post explaining all the songs he contributed to the show, and some people (me) were surprised to learn that The Hit List had an actual plot. And now it’s being staged as an actual musical for one night, which is such a crazy idea that I’m flying across the country so I can see it happen.
If I’m very lucky, someone will stage the ridiculous Dangerous Liaisons musical we saw two songs from.