The 20th Century Fox Mambo
Fox Mamba
Album: The Music of Smash, Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash & SMASH - The Complete Season One
By: Smash
Sung by: Karen Cartwright
Solos: Karen Cartwright
Episode: The Callbacks

The 20th Century Fox Mambo is an original song first featured in The Callbacks, the second episode of the first season of Smash. Being an original song, it was written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The version released as a single features Katharine McPhee (Karen Cartwright) on lead vocals.

In the context of Bombshell, the number occurs as Norma Jeane finds herself in the middle of a contract with 20th Century Fox, around 1946. This is when, with the help of 20th Century Fox executive Ben Lyon, she lands a screen test, during which she selects the name Marilyn Monroe for herself, and this number sees the transformation from Norma Jeane into Marilyn. It was written by Tom Levitt and Julia Houston and was first performed at callbacks for the New York Marilyn workshop, with Karen Cartwright as Norma Jeane Mortenson and also as Marilyn Monroe.

This in turn, becomes Karen's signature Bombshell song since her dress in "Don't Forget Me" is the same style. Also that when Derek imagines who should play Marilyn in "Bombshell" he immediately sees Karen in her signature song as a sign.


Norma Jeane:
At Paramount, it's "ooh la la"
The Warner Brothers "cha cha cha"
And L.B. Mayer loves his schmaltz
So MGM made The Great Waltz

But the 20th Century Foxtrot
It's precious -- but precious, it's not hot
To make the big boys hire me
Please make that rhythm fiery

Come on, boys and girls
Make me over!

In this factory where dreams can come true
Are you ready to make someone new?
You're the team that must teach me to do
The 20th Century Fox Mambo!

Done the homework, and I'll pass the test
I'll do whatever my teachers suggest
I can do it clothed or undressed
The 20th Century Fox Mambo!

Make it up, shake it up

Norma Jeane with 20th Century Fox Staff:
Let the fantasies begin

Norma Jeane:
Here's the dope:
To get cast, change the past

Norma Jeane with 20th Century Fox Staff:
Make the light just right for Cin...

Norma Jeane:

Take a gamble, 'cause it's safe to bet
Mr. Zanuck ain't seen nothing yet
When we're finished, he'll never forget

Norma Jeane with 20th Century Fox Staff:
This 20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox Staff:
For fame
Play the game
Change your name
To the 20th Century Fox!

Norma Jeane with 20th Century Fox Staff:
Make it up! Shake it up!

Make me feel like the main attraction
Change the clothes, fix the nose
And then five, six, seven, eight, action!

Now I'm blonde, but I ain't so dumb
Hollywood will be under my thumb
I'll change partners until I become

Marilyn with 20th Century Fox Staff:
The 20th Century Fox


Later ReprisalsEdit


Smash - The 20th Centuy Fox Mambo HD

Smash - The 20th Centuy Fox Mambo HD