Newsies Star Jeremy Jordan Joins Cast of NBC's "Smash"

News   Newsies Star Jeremy Jordan Joins Cast of NBC's "Smash"
 
Jeremy Jordan, a 2012 Tony nominee for his performance in the new musical Newsies, will join the cast of NBC's "Smash" for its second season, according to TVline.com.

Jordan will play a "very sexy (and straight) Brooklyn-born singer with a self-destructive streak," according to the online report.

Other new characters joining the series for its sophomore season include "gay Broadway dreamer Joe and African-American chorus member Courtney." As previously reported, departing cast members include Jaime Cepero (Ellis), Raza Jaffrey (Dev) and Brian d'Arcy James (Frank).

Jordan will continue to appear in the new Disney musical while he films his role on "Smash."

NBC previously announced that the hour-long show's next season would be controlled by a new "showrunner," Josh Safran, replacing creator Theresa Rebeck.

Season Two will look at the show's Broadway preparation following the workshop and Boston tryout seen in Season One. Tony Award-winning Hairspray songwriters Marc Shaiman (composer and co-lyricist) and Scott Wittman (co-lyricist) pen the original musical numbers for the series and serve as executive producers. Check out Playbill.com's weekly recap of the series, The "Smash" Report. Here's the recap of the season finale

The May 14 season-finale episode won only 5.96 million viewers in a tough 10 PM window opposite the season finale of "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS) and the premiere of "The Bachelorette" (ABC). The heavily-promoted series made its network debut Feb. 6, luring 11.5 million viewers for its premiere

Columbia Records released the soundtrack from the series, "The Music of 'Smash' Season 1," on May 1. 

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