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I absolutely adored watching The Sapphires! Such a beautiful story about four indigenous girls who perform soul music for the troops in Vietnam. And Chris O'Dowd is such a scene-stealer with his dopey charm!

Being the musical nerd that I am, I was pretty intrigued when I heard about the concept of the tv series Smash, which revolves around the people involved in creating a new Broadway musical about the life of Marilyn Munroe, everyone from the writers, producers, competing lead actresses and the chorus. Starring Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, a string of Broadway veterans and produced by Steven Spielberg, it also features BRILLIANT original music by Marc Shaiman (who also wrote the music to Hairspray!) for all the Marilyn-related showtunes. The covers of the pop songs are so-so, but even so, Smash is in a whole different league to the abysmal writing of Glee. I was hooked from the first episode and raced through the whole season... now begins the painful wait for the second season! I think Channel 7 is about to start broadcasting the first season next week.

Speaking of Marc Shaiman, apparently he's composing the music for the musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which will open in London in June next year! If it's anything like the Matilda musical (or Hairspray) it's gonna be a winner....