Katharine McPhee Set To Be Breakout Star In NBC’s New Show, “Smash”


Well, well, well! Looks like our American Idol Alumnae have been making the news today.

I always like to read about Katharine McPhee’s newest projects.

Today, on Rickey.Org, it was revealed that Katharine McPhee was the main reason behind the creation of the much anticipated Broadway-based show, “Smash”, due to premiere on NBC during the 2011-2012 season.

And according to Deadline, Katharine McPhee’s breakout performance during the pilot season is receiving rave reviews across the board.

I am so happy for her. She is one very talented vocalist who needs to be brought back to the forefront.

I was hoping American Idol would feature her at some point. Apparently her mother, Peisha McPhee, is a vocal coach for the American Idol Season 10 singers.

Are you happy for Katharine? Will you be tuning in to watch “Smash” this Fall? I know I will!

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

2 Responses to “Katharine McPhee Set To Be Breakout Star In NBC’s New Show, “Smash””

  1. What wonderful news about Katharine! I’ll definately be looking forward to watching her new show, and hope to hear her sing once in a while on it. I’ve always wished Kat would have found more success in the music industry. I remember that she was working with David Foster. I don’t think he produced her latest album though, did he? She was a guest on A.I during Season 7 I think, and David was accompaning her on piano, and Kat went on to say they were working on an album together. I wonder what ever happened with that?


  2. MasterclassLady, I totally appreciate you and your reviews, and especially of your love for Kat, but that’s not what rickey said. He said she’s one of the reasons they are excited about the show, not for doing the show: “Yay! Katharine McPhee is being singled out as one of the reasons NBC is excited about the prospects of their Glee-competitor ‘Smash’”. And the show hasn’t been picked up yet. NBC is currently in the process of looking at their pilots and the buzz is really good on it.


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