I have a problem. I hear a song. I fall in love. I listen to it again and again and again and again, until it loses its potency. I fell in love last night. On Smash. “They Just Keep Moving the Line.” Having listened to it again and again and again, I think it is nearly perfect. Trenchant, gorgeous, thrilling. I also think it will enter the musical theater canon. Call me a sucker, call me a hack. But, give me some credit. I struggled through all two hours to get to this gem. I’m better for it. It’s always great to see other peoples’ stories of resilience and determination to match setbacks. When those stories come wrapped in great rhymes and a stirring orchestration, the experience sticks.
Click title to go the video on the NBC website (to avoid 45 seconds of commercials). Below is just the song from youtube.