"Smash" may have found its Marilyn Monroe at the end of the show's first season, but at least a few new faces will be added to the ensemble when NBC's Broadway-themed musical drama returns next year. The producers are casting three new series regulars to join the cast for season two, TVLine reported today.
All three characters will be part of the ensemble for "Bombshell," the fictional show-within-the-show that Julia (Debra Messing), Tom (Christian Borle), Derek (Jack Davenport), and Eileen (Anjelic Huston) are still trying to bring to Broadway.
Courtney is an African-American chorus girl in her mid- to late-20s with a powerful voice, who is described as "incredibly attractive and confident, but also open-minded and non-judgmental." Danny is a straight, working-class guy from Brooklyn who is in his mid-20s. He is "sexy, charismatic, and musically gifted, but also self-destructive and remote." Actors must be able to sing in a rock and/or soul voice to audition for Danny. Joe, also from Brooklyn and in his mid-20s, is "gay, very cute, incredibly open, and optimistic."
In addition to these three roles, season two of "Smash" is sure to provide many more opportunities for New York stage actors to see themselves on screen. The show has already featured Broadway stars Borle, Megan Hilty, Brian d'Arcy James, Will Chase, and Bernadette Peters in prominent roles, as well as up-and-comers like Wesley Taylor, Leslie Odom Jr., and Ann Harada in smaller parts. Bernard Telsey of Telsey + Company, which cast Broadway musicals such as "Leap of Faith," "Newsies," and "Sister Act," was the casting director for the pilot and first season.
Production on the second season of "Smash" is scheduled to begin in July, but the show's premiere date has not been confirmed and it is not expected to return to NBC's primetime schedule until midseason.
Daniel Lehman is a staff writer for Back Stage. Follow him on Twitter: @byDanLehman