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‘Smash’ Season 2 Adds Yet Another Broadway Vet as Series Regular

Smash Season 2 Andy Mientus
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What we’re coming to like about ‘Smash‘ more and more is how it appropriately casts actors with ties to the New York theatre scene, rather than simply picking pretty faces out of Hollywood.  Sure’ we’ve got Jennifer Hudson on deck to play a large role in ‘Smash’ season 2, but who’s the latest true Broadway star to land a role in NBC’s hotly-debated musical hit?

TVLine reports that ‘Smash’ season 2 has added yet another name to its ranks as a series regular, one of three characters earlier reported to be casting.  Andy Mientus will join the Season 2 ensemble as Kyle, a poor young writer from Brooklyn with starry dreams of writing for Broadway.  The character maintains a friendship with fellow new series regular Jimmy, set to be played by Tony-nominated ‘Newsies’ star Jeremy Jordan.

Having few previous TV credits, Mienus past theatre roles include a stint as Hansche in the U.S. tour of ‘Spring Awakening’ and a role in the Off-Broadway revival of the Stephen King-inspired ’Carrie.’  In addition to Jordan and the recently-added Jennifer Hudson, Mientus was brought in to replace the departing cast of the first season, including Raza Jaffrey (Dev), Jaime Cepero (Ellis), Brian D’Arcy James (Julia’s husband Frank) and Will Chase (Julia’s lover Michael).

As previously reported, season 2 will also see the departure of show-runner and creator Theresa Rebeck, with former ‘Gossip Girl‘ EP Josh Safran stepping in.  Still yet to be cast is the series regular role of  “Courtney,” a member of the chorus.

What say you?  Do the new names being added to ‘Smash’ hold any meaning for you?  How do you find the second season is shaping up?  Sing us a jaunty tune in the comments!

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