I believe they are trying to demonstrate some truth of what is involved in producing "theatre" . I think one of the problems is the audience for this is just narrow ... more narrow than I thought. I think it is a great show and pretty well cast but I have an interest and some background in "theatre".
I remember when the reality show to cast a revival of "Grease" was on ... and there was very little interest ... here on FORT too.
I was surprised then and I am surprised now.
There are some shows that just end up not having broad appeal and unfortunately Smash seems to be one of them.