By Michael Gioia
29 Dec 2011
|Photo by Will Hart/NBC|
Name: Debra Messing.
Claim to fame: Messing is an Emmy Award-winning actress for her portrayal of Grace Adler in the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace." She also nabbed an additional four Emmy noms for her work on the series as well as six Golden Globe nominations. On stage, Messing appeared in the Manhattan Theatre Club productions of Collected Stories and Three Dogs and a Bone, and in the WPA production of The Naked Truth.
Character on "Smash": Julia Houston.
Julia Houston is…: a Tony Award-nominated lyricist/writer who lives in Brooklyn with her husband Frank (Brian d'Arcy James) and their son, Leo. When Houston and her songwriting partner Tom Levitt (Christian Borle) decide to write a musical based on the life of legendary diva Marilyn Monroe, Houston begins to obsess over the possibilities. Her husband Frank, however, had expected that she would take a break from the world of theatre while they are in the process of adopting a child.
Later in the series…: Houston will reunite with old flame and musical theatre star Michael Swift, played by Will Chase (Rent, Aida). Continued...