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.

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  • Michael

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

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

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

  • 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?

  • ChiGuy76

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

  • iDavid

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

  • 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.

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