THE "SMASH" REPORT: Season Two, Episode 4, Or, Doping Out the Characters

By Kenneth Jones
27 Feb 2013

Jennifer Hudson
Photo by Will Hart/NBC

Also not easily charted is Veronica Moore's exact nature. She's a Broadway baby who is passionate about musical theatre and her place as a Broadway star. But she's tired of playing the "good girl" roles — she wants to create an adult image. Her signature song is the ebullient "I Got Love," which a 25-year-old Melba Moore introduced to Tony Award-winning effect in the 1970 musical Purlie. (Here's a video of Moore singing the song in a 1981 TV production of the show.) To cloud these waters is Veronica Moore's manager-mother, Cynthia (played by Tony Award winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, the original and Tony-nominated Deena Jones of Dreamgirls, 25 years before Hudson won an Oscar for playing Effie in the film version), who mentions that Veronica is one step closer to moving beyond Broadway (to be a pop star?), an apparent longtime dream. Well, which is it, "Smash"? Adult roles on Broadway or pop concerts in arenas? "I Could Have Danced All Night" or a big, yearning diva-pop song like "I Can't Let Go?"

Here's a clip from the episode featuring Hudson singing the song:

On first listen, we're not sure the number necessarily speaks clearly to what "Ronnie" (or others) may or may not be letting go of (the information in the episode overwhelms), but Hudson's voice certainly blows the frame off of your flat-screen TV. Enjoy it as a standalone.