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'Bombshell' concert stream will reunite cast of 'Smash'

Katharine McPhee, left, Debra Messing and Megan Hilty

Katharine McPhee, left, Debra Messing and Megan Hilty appear in a composite image.  Credit: Composite: AP

The cast of “Bombshell,” the fictional Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, is coming together again to aid those confronting the coronavirus.

Actors including Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing and Megan Hilty will reunite May 20 to present a stream of the one-night-only 2015 Broadway concert of the musical within the TV show “Smash.” It will be available on People.com, PeopleTV and the magazine's Facebook page and Twitter.

"I do remember how exciting it was that night," said McPhee, who went on to star in “Waitress” on Broadway. “I have great memories of just being so elated to be there.”

The evening will be introduced by two-time Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger and will involve memories, stories and comments from the original cast.

In addition to McPhee, Messing and Hilty, the reuniting — and self-isolating — cast includes Christian Borle, Jaime Cepero, Will Chase, Brian d’Arcy James, Jack Davenport, Ann Harada, Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus, Leslie Odom Jr., Krysta Rodriguez and Wesley Taylor.

“Smash” ended its TV run in 2013 and the cast reunited for a one-night only “Bombshell In Concert” at the Minskoff Theater in front of 1,600 people two years later, which became one of the most successful fundraisers ever for The Actors Fund, a national human services organization that aids workers in the entertainment industry. The stream of that concert also will encourage viewers to donate to the organization.

In the past seven weeks, the Fund has distributed more than $10.1 million in emergency financial assistance — more than five times it normally provides in a year.

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