The Workshop (Smash)

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"The Workshop"
Smash episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 7
Directed by Mimi Leder
Written by Jason Grote
Featured music "Brighter Than the Sun"
"Everything's Coming Up Roses"[1]
"Let Me Be Your Star"[2]
"The 20th Century Fox Mambo"
"History is Made at Night"
"The National Pastime"
"On Lexington & 52nd Street"[3]
Original air date March 19, 2012 (2012-03-19)
Guest appearance(s)
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"The Workshop" is the seventh episode of the American television series, Smash. The episode aired on March 19, 2012.


The workshop of Marilyn is finally held. Ivy (Megan Hilty) gets stage fright and slips up, leading Derek to tell her off at intermission, much to the chagrin of Tom. Karen (Katharine McPhee) has the opportunity to meet with a big record exec, but because the meeting is at the same time as the workshop, she decides to do the workshop instead. Julia (Debra Messing) feels guilty about what she and Michael (guest star Will Chase) did, and gives rebuking Michael one more shot.


Recurring guest stars include Will Chase as actor Michael Swift.[4]

Bernadette Peters was announced to guest star on the show on October 11, 2011.[5] She will portray Leigh Conroy, the mother of Megan Hilty's character, Ivy Lynn, who was once a Tony-award winning actress but "now lives vicariously through her daughter".[5] The release also mentioned that Peters will sing in the episode. On March 15, 2012, it was revealed that Peters would sing "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from Gypsy: A Musical Fable, which she previously sang in the 2003 Broadway revival of the musical.[1]

In addition, another version of "Let Me Be Your Star" was heard as well as several other previous numbers heard on the show including "The 20th Century Fox Mambo", "History is Made at Night" and "The National Pastime".[2] It also included a new number performed by Will Chase entitled "On Lexington & 52nd Street". Only "On Lexington & 52nd Street" was made available as a single.


  1. ^ a b Hertzfeld, Laura (March 15, 2012). "'Smash': Broadway legend Bernadette Peters belts 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' -- Exclusive VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly, Inc. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Mullins, Jenna (March 15, 2012). "Smash First Look: Marilyn the Musical Makes Its Workshop Debut!". E! Online. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "New Song From Tonight's March 19 Episode of NBC's Critically Acclaimed Musical Drama "Smash" Available Today on iTunes". The Futon Critic. March 19, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Smash : The Workshop". Zap2it. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Nick Jonas and Tony Award Winner Bernadette Peters to Guest Star on NBC's Midseason Musical Drama "Smash"". The Futon Critic. NBC. October 11, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2012.