Originally Posted by zalusky
Well the obvious solution is the before and after Marilyn story with McPhee as the before innocent Marilyn and Hilty as the after drugged blonde Marilyn. I just kept waiting for that to happen in the finale.
I completely agree about the two phases of Marilyn's career and what each girl could bring to that but in the best of circumstances this would be be difficult to pull off. It's not like having alternate leads like Jersey Boys has or using the three kids in Billy Elliot. Those parameters were established from the get go in those shows. Here you would would dealing with two leading ladies of, in theory, equal stature who were both vying for the one role. Add to that the hyper-dramatic world that Smash is set in and it would be almost impossible. One thing that I would love to see is Ivy's true back story. Why is it that the beautiful girl with great acting chops and a spectacular voice has been relegated to the chorus for ten years? You would think that, at some point within that period, she would have at least scored a juicy supporting role in a major musical. What hasn't her Tom, her chief supporter and someone of considerable influence, been able to break her out of the chorus before Marilyn came along? Exporing this would answer a lot of questions about Ivy and who she has become.
BTW, I highly recommend the movie "My Week with Marilyn" for both Michelle Williams incredible performance and the light it sheds on who Marilyn really was at that stage of her career. The most revealing line in the film occurs when she is coming out of country getaway hotel and a crowd is waiting for her. She looks at her escort (Eddie Redmayne) and says wryly "should I become HER?" and then instantly snaps into the MM personna. It's great stuff.