Smash Casts Rising Theater Star Andy Mientus As New Gay Character

We announced last week that, in addition to casting Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), NBC’s Smash was going to bring in a new cast member to play a gay writer with dreams of Broadway. Well, it looks like that lucky actor is Andy Mientus, a relative newcomer whose biggest gigs have been off-Broadway’s Carrie and the national tour of Spring Awakening.

NBC told that Mientus will join the cast when the show returns for its second season this winter. He’ll play poor Brooklyn boy Kyle, who is best friends with Jordan’s character, Jimmy. (No romance there, though—Jimmy is hetero.)

Joining the boys for Smash‘s first season under new showrunner Josh Safran is Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, whom we’re guessing will play the African-American chorus girl TVLine claimed would be joining the cast. Mientus and Jordan are full-on cast members, though, J-Hud is just on board for a multi-episode arc.



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  • Daez

    All we need…

    Another “gay” character that never has sex, behaves exactly like all the straight guys (except the sex part) and in no way represents the gay community. If they give him an Asian baby we can have Modern Family 2.0.

  • RLS

    Um, no Queerty. Jennifer Hudson is not playing a chorus girl, she’s playing a seasoned broadway veteran.

  • Adam


    Hollywood makes stereotypical gay character…. everyone freaks out and moans “We are not all the same” Hollywood makes less stereotypical gay character lone internet commenter moans “He is not one of us”

    The people who comment on Queerty, fortunately, are an endangered subspecies of human.

    Oh and thanks for belittling all of us down to sex. Obviously the Right/Republicans never do that so it’s refreshing to hear it.

  • Joe

    Serious case of gay-face in the above pic. :-)

  • scott ny'er

    can’t watch it now… Jennifer Hudson is on it. Who will probably play herself, like she did in Dreamgirls. She wasn’t acting.

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