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With their latest show "Heaven on Earth" still running on Broadway, the song and book writing team of Julia Houston and Tom Levitt have decided to take a professional break, in part to give... See full summary »


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Theresa Rebeck (creator), Theresa Rebeck (teleplay and story) | 1 more credit »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Debra Messing ... Julia Houston
Jack Davenport ... Derek Wills
Katharine McPhee ... Karen Cartwright
Christian Borle ... Tom Levitt
Megan Hilty ... Ivy Lynn
Raza Jaffrey ... Dev Sundaram
Jaime Cepero ... Ellis Boyd
Anjelica Huston ... Eileen Rand
Brian d'Arcy James ... Frank Houston
Becky Ann Baker ... Mrs. Cartwright
Dylan Baker ... Roger Cartwright
Michael Cristofer ... Jerry Rand
Robert LuPone ... Jerry's Attorney
Joshua Bergasse Joshua Bergasse ... Josh
Phillip Spaeth ... Dennis


With their latest show "Heaven on Earth" still running on Broadway, the song and book writing team of Julia Houston and Tom Levitt have decided to take a professional break, in part to give Julia and her husband Frank time to go through an adoption process and in turn allow Julia to be a stay-at-home mom. But a germ of an idea from Tom's new assistant Ellis Tancharoen leads to the thought of writing a new musical based on Marilyn Monroe. A further move by Ellis which could kibosh the idea before it even gets off the ground instead generates buzz around the new project. On board is producer Eileen Rand, who, because of divorce proceedings, is unable to continue work on what would have been her focus of a revival of "My Fair Lady". Eileen wants to hire Derek Wills to direct, much against Tom's wishes as the two hate each other. Julia and Tom believe that their friend Ivy Lynn, who currently performs in the ensemble of "Heaven on Earth", would be perfect to play Marilyn. But during open ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Musical








Release Date:

6 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Katharine McPhee sang "Beautiful" live on camera, with the orchestral arrangement recorded in the studio later. See more »


Roger Cartwright: [in restaurant, reminded of daughter's star potential] You don't have to tell me that. She did The Sound Of Music in high school. Everybody talked about it for weeks! What a voice! Who knew back then... All this...
Karen Cartwright: Okay, I'm not getting into this again, Dad.
Mrs. Cartwright: Oh, sweetie, we're not getting into anything. We're just so happy to see you.
Karen Cartwright: I'm happy to see you too.
Mrs. Cartwright: We worry...
Karen Cartwright: Mom...
Mrs. Cartwright: No, it's so competitive, with all that rejection, so we worry. Of course we worry.
Karen Cartwright: Well, sometimes dreams are hard.
Roger Cartwright: ...
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References My Week with Marilyn (2011) See more »


Happy Birthday, Mr. President
Performed by Katharine McPhee
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Loved it!!!!
7 February 2012 | by cathydanielrealtorSee all my reviews

Everything about this show was excellent! The writing, the music, the characters, the cast....I was absolutely hooked 15 minutes into this. I now have my DVR set on series record. I cannot wait for next week. Oh wait! Would that be a Monday??? Did I say I'm looking forward to Monday?? Well I wouldn't care if I had to get up at 5 am on a Sunday to see this show I would do it. I am only hoping that there is not a situation where we have to see Debra choose between her husband, family, soon to be adopted child and the theater. We all get it. We all have other commitments, I want to be lost in the fantasy of being able to go to work without being encumbered with all of that aforementioned. Either way I vow to watch every episode. At least three time.

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