NBC’s Smash Gets Newsies Jeremy Jordan, A New Gay And Other Cast Updates

Broadway babe Jeremy Jordan, who earned a Tony nomination for his starring role in Newsies, is joining the cast of NBC’s musical drama Smash as a series regular, reports TVLine‘s Michael Ausiello. Jordan will play a Brooklyn singer “with a self-destructive streak.”

And he’s straight, fellas. (Both the character and the actor.)

Ausiello also says two more characters are being added to the show’s second season, which is under the direction of new producer Josh Safran: An African-American chorus girl and a gay “Broadway dreamer.” Sigh, aren’t we all Broadway dreamers?

But, seriously, we were hoping Once’s Steve Kazee would have been cast. Since him and Megan Hilty apparently had a terrible breakup right before she got Smash, their chemistry could have given the show some much needed sizzle.