VERY MILDLY SPOILER; MOSTLY SPECULATIVE
I’m not loving Smash – nice music, some pretty actresses, but I just don’t care about the conflicts.
But I’ll lay down a prediction that I’ve had about the show since episode 1: that after struggling through some creative conflicts, they’ll come to realize that what the musical needs is for both actresses – the blonde (I am no good at names on this) playing Marilyn, and the dark-haired one playing Norma Jean. Show the inner conflicts in that very external way.
And something I doubt they will do, but which I would do if I were constructing that play: I’d have one actor play all three key male roles (Arthur Miller, Joe DiMaggio, JFK).