Smash: First Look at the Season 2 Cast

Smash - Season 2

Smash is welcoming a few new characters – and a new showrunner – for its second season in the hope that it can “fix” some of the problems that plagued its first season as time went on.  Here’s what we know about season 2, including the new faces:

The “Bombshell” team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, including producer Eileen Rand (Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, “Prizzi’s Honor”), writers Tom Levitt (Tony Award winner Christian Borle, “Peter and the Starcatcher”) and Julia Houston (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”), last-minute star Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee, “American Idol”) and director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport, “Pirates of the Caribbean”).  But, they are all about to learn even a charmed show cannot avoid paying for sins of the past.  Will Eileen get away with mixing business and pleasure with her shady paramour, Nick (guest star Thorsten Kaye)?  Will Julia’s marriage to Frank (guest star Brian d’Arcy James) survive the revelation of her infidelity?  Will actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty, “9 to 5: The Musical”) bounce back from the shame of losing the lead role to rival Karen and bedding her fiancé in retaliation?  And will Tom and Julia’s long-time partnership endure the changing tides of opportunity?

As they all scramble to push forward, one of the show’s players finds Brooklyn natives Jimmy Collins (Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, “Newsies”) and Kyle Bishop (Andy Mientus, “Carrie: The Musical”) toiling away on a current-day rock musical of their own, which could either become “Bombshell’s” biggest rival, or yet one more Broadway false start.

Weighing both the benefits and sacrifices of a career on Broadway, the “Smash” cast of Broadway hopefuls is rounded out by Karen’s lively new roommate/actress Ana Vargas (Krysta Rodriguez, “The Addams Family”) and Tom’s boyfriend, Sam Strickland (Leslie Odom, Jr., “Leap of Faith”).

Get your first look at the revamped cast – and the new character promos for season 2 – by clicking on the link to the slideshow below.

Smash’s second season begins with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, February 5 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.  It then moves to its regular timeslot at 10:00 p.m. on February 12.  Watch a trailer for the new season here.

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