NBC is firming up Smash 2.0. The musical-drama is adding another character to the show next season, giving Karen (Katharine McPhee) a roommate.
Broadway actress Krysta Rodriguez has joined the show as a series regular, playing “Ana,” Karen’s “fun and spunky new roommate” who’s also also “an ensemble member in Broadway shows trying to make her mark.” Last season Karen lived with her boyfriend Dev, one of several Smash characters expected to exit the show next season.
She already has an Oscar, a Golden Globe a Grammy. Now Jennifer Hudson is going for an Emmy. The Dreamgirls co-star is set to appear in a multi-episode arc on NBC’s musical drama Smash next season, beginning with the second-season premiere. Hudson will play Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty). “This series is a showcase for some of the best musical talent in the business and that’s a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it.” The stint reunites Hudson with Smash executive producer Steven Spielberg whose company DreamWorks also produced Dreamgirls. “I have no doubt Jennifer will continue to deliver even more inspiration to the audience responsible for giving us a second season on NBC,” he said. Smash will now feature two famous American Idol alumnas next season: McPhee, who was a finalist in Season 5, and Hudson, who was on the third season of the reality series.
In what’s been, to say the least, a season of ups and downs for “Smash,” the NBC comedy-drama about the making of a Broadway musical, there’s a plot twist in Monday’s episode that no one saw coming: Anjelica Huston will finally sing.
On tonight’s new episode of “Smash,” we are going to see the arrival of a new character who very much could have consequences for our current two contenders to play Marilyn Monroe. After all, she is a Hollywood star.
Speaking to TVLine, Megan Hilty (Ivy) described just what her character’s feeling is going to be after hearing that Rebecca Duvall (played by Uma Thurman) is going to be entering the picture as a serious contender for the role:
“The reception [Rebecca] gets is very mixed … Some people think she will save the show, some think she’ll do damage to it… and some don’t see any need for a star.
Movie stars are always a threat to everybody … The more famous you are, especially on Broadway, the more you trump everybody else.”
Will Duvall get the part? That is to be seen, but expect to see the character around for pretty much the remainder of the season.
Marilyn Monroe may have left us in body, but her spirit is alive and well thanks to Megan Hilty, who plays Broadway baby Ivy Lynn on the NBC musical series Smash. And while Hilty is no stranger to life as a Broadway star, having played Glinda in the production of Wicked, her transition into television has her on the way to becoming a household name. But aside from the show’s extremely talented cast, the musical drama itself hosts an incredible score of original Marilyn Monroe-themed songs. And just like the rest of us, Hilty has a favorite: “”Let’s Be Bad.”"
Hollywood.com News Editor Lindsey DiMattina spoke with Hilty at Duracell’s March 21 kick-off For “”Rely On Copper to Go for The Gold”" Olympics program in New York City, and got an inside scoop on the actress’s take on the small-screen production of Marilyn: The Musical and her transition into a Smash-ing star.
On her favorite Marilyn Monroe musical number:
“”With the original music, they’re all so beautiful, but I’d definitely say ‘Let’s Be Bad’…It was just this huge number and it was the first one we ever did that was fully fantasy. It was great.”"