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.