Chase will play the recurring role of Steven, who has a history with the lyricist of the musical, played by Debra Messing.
Chase's recent television appearances include the upcoming "Pan Am," "White Collar," "Rescue Me" and "Royal Pains."
"Smash" will launch on NBC Feb. 6, 2012, at 10 PM ET.
The scripted drama about the subculture of musical theatre people is the brainchild of Steven Spielberg. Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, "NYPD Blue") penned the pilot episode, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot). A bullpen of writers, including some with theatre chops (1001's Jason Grote, for example), has been assembled.
Executive producer is multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg ("ER," "Schindler's List"). Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning "Chicago," "Hairspray") and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey ("United States of Tara," "The Borgias") also serve as executive producers. Original songs are written by Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Hairspray," "Catch Me If You Can"), who also serve as executive producers.
"Smash" is a production of Universal Media Studios in association with DreamWorks. The series shoots in New York City.
Don't expect characters to burst into songs, movie-musical style (or as they do on the TV hit "Glee"). All singing in "Smash" will be in the context of performance/rehearsal/audition/recording situations. Said songs will be sweetened, however: A clip from the pilot shows Katharine McPhee's character in a piano-and-voice audition that morphs into a fantastically lit performance boosted with orchestra, apparently to reflect what the industry folk in the room are seeing in their imaginations (musical fantasy elements like in the film "Chicago" will surface from time to time).