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Katharine McPhee Picks Her Choice for the Best Musical Within 'Smash' - 'Bombshell' or 'Hit List'?!

There were two musicals that were made within the NBC series Smash and Katharine McPhee‘s character Karen Cartwright was part of both of them – Bombshell and Hit List!

In a reunion on Stars in the House this weekend, Kat opened up about the two musicals while chatting with co-star Megan Hilty, executive producers Neil Meron and Bob Greenblatt, composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and hosts Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley.

This week, the 2015 one-night-only Bombshell in Concert special will be aired for audiences around the world for the very first time. If you didn’t know, Marc and Scott wrote all of the songs for Bombshell while Hit List‘s music was written by many different artists.

“We didn’t have a Marc and Scott for the other show, which was called… I don’t remember what it was called,” Kat said during the interview. Someone chimed in and said “HIT LIST!”

Hit List!” Kat replied. “We had to basically just grab different writers and try to make a musical. It was no Bombshell, let’s just put it that way.”

Earlier this month, Kat did a special performance with another former Smash co-star!

People will be live-streaming the Bombshell concert on Wednesday night as a fundraiser for The Actors Fund. You can watch the “Let Me Be Your Star” clip below!

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'Smash' Cast to Reunite Virtually for 'Bombshell' Concert Live Stream Event!

The cast of the beloved NBC musical series Smash will be reuniting next week for the one-night-only streaming event, Bombshell in Concert.

Back in 2015, the cast of the series, including Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty, reunited for a one-night-only live performance of Bombshell, the show within the show about the life of Marilyn Monroe.

The concert was held back then to support The Actors Fund and the live stream event will support the same organization. Fans who weren’t able to attend the special event will finally get to watch it!

The evening will be introduced by Oscar winner Renee Zellweger and, during intermission, Difficult People actress Julie Klausner will host a live, virtual reunion with the show’s original cast members including: Christian Borle, Jaime Cepero, Will Chase, Brian d’Arcy James, Jack Davenport, Ann Harada, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, Katharine McPhee, Andy Mientus, Debra Messing, Leslie Odom Jr., Krysta Rodriguez, and Wesley Taylor.

Bob Greenblatt, one of the producers of the event, said, “I speak for Neil Meron and our wonderful creative team of Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman and Joshua Bergasse when I say that we are thrilled to help raise more money for The Actors Fund and all their good work during this difficult time. Smash and Bombshell In Concert were thrilling experiences for us, and we are overjoyed that fans everywhere will get to finally see these amazing performances. We’re grateful to everyone at The Actors Fund and PEOPLE for their love of the performing arts.”

The special event will stream on Wednesday, May 20 at 8pm ET on People.com, PeopleTV, and People‘s social platforms.

Katharine McPhee Already Has an Amazing 'Housewives' Tagline in Mind!

Katharine McPhee is reacting to a report that she is up for a spot on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The 35-year-old actress’ rep has already shot down the rumors that she is going to join the cast of the Bravo reality series, but Kat is having some fun with it by coming up with a tagline.

As you probably know, each member of the Real Housewives franchise has a catchy tagline that gives some insight into their world.

“I might not have any hits…but I’ll always be a SMASH,” Kat tweeted along with a screencap of an article about the story. She’s of course referencing her beloved NBC musical series.

Kat is married to David Foster, who used to be on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when his ex-wife Yolanda was a cast member.

Smash's Katharine McPhee & Jeremy Jordan Team Up to Honor Frontline Workers with a Special Performance

Katharine McPhee and Jeremy Jordan, who starred together on the NBC series Smash, are teaming up again for a performance during the pandemic.

The two actors both appeared in the Broadway musical Waitress, though not at the same time. They decided to perform the show’s duet “You Matter to Me” to honor frontline workers.

“If you are someone who has not missed a day of work, putting yourself or your family at risk, we dedicate this to you. You matter,” Kat tweeted with the video.

You can get a free download of the charity single now on Soundcloud!

Katharine McPhee Wears Her 'American Idol' Outfits 14 Years Later for Special Instagram Show!

Katharine McPhee went live on Instagram on Sunday night with an American Idol-themed show and she even tried on some of her outfits from her days on the show!

The season five runner-up wore the jacket from her audition while doing a cute sketch to introduce the special Instagram show. She later brought out the yellow dress she wore from the Top 6 round and tried it on for a fun photo.

During the show, Kat performed songs she did on Idol, including “I Have Nothing,” a song written by her now-husband David Foster. Before singing the classic ballad, Kat did a FaceTime call with judge Simon Cowell and they talked about his criticism of her performance of that song!

Kat also sang her audition song “God Bless the Child,” plus “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” and the vote-off song “Bad Day.”

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Katharine McPhee Reveals Who She Thinks Should Have Played Marilyn on 'Smash'

Katharine McPhee live-tweeted the season one finale of Smash on Friday night (March 27) and she revealed who she thinks should have played Marilyn Monroe in the musical Bombshell!

The NBC series followed the making of a new Broadway musical about the iconic actress and two actresses were competing for the role – Karen, a newcomer played by Kat, and Ivy, a Broadway veteran played by Megan Hilty.

At the end of season one, Karen has earned the role of Marilyn and stars in the out-of-town production of Bombshell. In the second season though, Karen quits the show to star in the musical Hit List and Ivy ends up bringing the show to Broadway. Ivy wins the Tony Award for Best Actress.

So, who does Kat think should’ve played the role?

“if you want my HONEST opinion- love you Karen, but Ivy probably should’ve been Marilyn. #SmashLives,” Kat tweeted.

Katharine McPhee Will Reunite with 'Smash' Stars During a Special Live Stream

Katharine McPhee and some other stars from the NBC series Smash will be reuniting during a live stream event TODAY (March 20)!

Kat will join Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, and Andy Mientus on the next episode of the Broadway Jackbox series, hosted by former Dear Evan Hansen actors Andrew Barth Feldman and Alex Boniello.

Broadway Jackbox airs on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6pm EST on Twitch. The show will be raising money for The Actors Fund during the stream.

“The first ones were such a blast,” Andrew said in a statement (via BroadwayWorld.com). “They completely achieved our goal of creating something silly, fun, and distracting amidst this craziness, but Alex and I both realized we could use this to give back to our community in a more concrete way. With the theater community in such a state of flux, it only seemed right to give to The Actors Fund who are doing all they can to help our industry through this insane, unprecedented time. So let’s have some fun and do some good! And also, as the self-appointed head of the #ReviveSmash campaign, this is big for me.”

Kat, Jeremy, Krysta, and Andy‘s characters on Smash were all part of the musical Hit List, which was a competitor to Bombshell.

“.@andrewbfeldman & @AlexBoniello are getting the smash cast together. @andrewbfeldman & @AlexBoniello are getting the smash cast together. I REPEAT @andrewbfeldman & @AlexBoniello are getting the SMASH cast together on #BwayJackbox!” Kat tweeted.

On Thursday night, Kat had Jeremy as a guest on her own Instagram Live. Watch a video below!