Bad news, “Smash” fans. Tickets for the one-night-only benefit production of “Bombshell,” the musical at the center of the cult NBC series, are sold out.
The concert, set to take place June 8 at the Minskoff Theatre, was funded by the most successful theater Kickstarter campaign ever. Looking to cover the $50,000 production cost, the campaign reportedly ended up raising over $200,000 in just 18 hours. In the end 1,485 backers pledged $318,120 to help bring “Bombshell” to life.
All proceeds of "Bombshell" will benefit the non-profit organization The Actors Fund, a “national human services organization” that, for 133 years, has provided social services, emergency financial assistance, health care, insurance counseling and more to more than 21,000 theater professionals each year.
Kickstarter donors were given an opportunity to purchase tickets for the event during an April 13 pre-sale. All tickets sold out in just over an hour.
Any Kickstarter donors who were unable to purchase tickets have been given the option to request a full refund from their Kickstarter donation, said Joseph P. Benincasa, President and CEO of The Actors Fund.
“Even if you couldn’t get tickets, you’ve helped those in need in performing arts and entertainment,” he explained, as “100% of the ticket proceeds from this benefit concert will help actors, dancers, musicians, playwrights, directors and more.”
Benincasa also mentioned that they had explored opportunities to allow more people to experience the one-night-only “Bombshell” event, both live and virtually. “Unfortunately, none of these options were viable,” he stated.
“Bombshell” features 22 songs penned by Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”), including “The National Pastime,” “History Is Made at Night” and the Emmy and Grammy-nominated hit “Let Me Be Your Star.”
The evening will be a reunion for almost all of the “Smash” cast, including Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Will Chase, Christian Borle, and Debra Messing.
Scott Wittman and Joshua Bergasse will co-direct The Actors Fund benefit, with choreography provided by Bergasse. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced the TV series, will produce here as well.
The NBC drama was created by playwright Teresa Rebeck.