Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) better watch out, because a Dreamgirl is coming to Broadway! Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson is set to guest star on Smash’s upcoming second season, NBC announced in a press release. Yes, perfect casting!
Hudson will play Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star (natch!), whose arrival will impact the lives of the show’s dueling Marilyns, Karen and Ivy. Hudson will first appear in the season-two premiere and will stick around for a “multi-episode arc.”
“We’re thrilled to have Jennifer Hudson coming to Smash,” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, says in a statement. “This series is a showcase for some of the best musical talent in the business and that’s a fitting description for Jennifer Hudson. Her character will represent someone who reached their Broadway dream but also paid a price for it.”
Executive producer Steven Spielberg adds, “First Dreamgirls, now Smash. I have no doubt Jennifer will continue to deliver even more inspiration to the audience responsible for giving us a second season on NBC. It’s wonderful to be reunited with her at DreamWorks Television and NBC.”