It was announced yesterday that Hit List, one of the two fictional musicals from doomed culture touchstone Smash will be performed as a concert for one night (and two performances) only this December at 54 Below. The show appeared on Smash‘s much-followed but little-viewed second season as an edgy, downtown rival to Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe bio-musical which the first season followed the making of. Written by tortured, drug-addled Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and sweet, angelic, sacrificial Kyle (Andy Mientus), Hit List tells the story of… something… about… music? And murder? and basically is a lot like Rent but with way more iPad dancing.
While it’s plot was certainly more convoluted than Bombshell‘s, and we’re ultimately happy that Ivy, Julia and Tom snagged their fake Tony’s in that poorly lit Marriot Marquis, Hit List breathed some much needed musical life into the second season of Smash, featuring catchy tunes by the very real life Joe Iconis, Tony nominees Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and others. The show’s sheer insanity nicely mirrored that of Smash’s and helped make one of Television’s most delicious on-and-off air sagas beautifully bizarre in a way we probably won’t see again. Ever.