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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.

On:           Jun 18, 2012
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    • Michael

      Correction: Hilty and Kazee Broke up just after Smash began airing–not before the show began production.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 11:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones

      For a show about the theater, they sure are lacking gay characters. Hets love straight-washing everything.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steven Stanley

      “Since him and Megan Hilty apparently had a terrible breakup…”
      I have no problem with a casual writing style, but really. Did the writer of this piece even graduate from high school?

      Jun 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChiGuy76

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones: Seriously, you hit the nail right on the head. Hollywood loves to “straighten up” everything.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • iDavid

      Smash lost me after two shows. Talk about dribble drag. New writers please.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ivan


      Did you even watch “Smash”? There was a ton of gay content in “Smash.” One of the main characters, Tom, is gay. He had two lovers. He visited his second lovers accepting parents’ home several times. Ellis was bisexual. Many of the dancers were gay.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 7:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein

      @Ivan: You got it, Ivan. It’s an intensely gay show.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 10:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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