Sweet Smell of Success: Musical Info & Synopsis


Sweet Smell of Success follows gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker, who wields considerable power in the media industry. When Hunsecker becomes involved in the romantic life of his younger sister, Susan, he uses his influence to manipulate events and control those around him. Sweet Smell of Success explores themes of power, manipulation, and moral compromise, unfolding against a backdrop of jazz, nightlife, and the competitive world of tabloid journalism.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1950s / USA (NYC)

Creative Team

Music: Marvin Hamlisch

Lyrics: Craig Carnelia

Book: John Guare

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (2002)➝


Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


2000s, DramaticJazz

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