“Law & Order” star Jesse L. Martin will guest star in “Smash” when the hit television drama about Broadway returns during the mid-season, according to a Sept. 14, 2012, press release from NBC Television Network. Jesse L. Martin, one of the original members of the Tony-winning “Rent” Broadway cast, will recur over an arc and will sing in some episodes of the musical drama.
Martin will play Scott Welker, the artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Workshop whose story crosses with virtually every cast member. “Smash” is about a group of dreamers and schemers with big dreams of Broadway stardom, working on a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe.
“Smash” stars Emmy Award winner Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Oscar winner Anjelica Huston (“Prizzi’s Honor”), Jack Davenport (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films), Tony Award winner Christian Borle (“Peter and the Starcatcher”), Katharine McPhee (“American Idol”), Megan Hilty (“9 to 5: The Musical”), Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan (“Newsies”), Andy Mientus (“Spring Awakening”), Leslie Odom Jr. (“Leap of Faith”) and Krysta Rodriguez (“Spring Awakening”).
Uma Thurman and Broadway actress Bernadette Peters were guest stars during the first season of the series. Jennifer Hudson will also be a guest star during the second season of the show
After an extensive career on Broadway in “Rent” and other productions, Martin initially attracted attention on television for his portrayal of a doctor who was the love interest for the title character in “Ally McBeal.” He had a long running role as Detective Ed Green on “Law & Order” from 1999 to 2008. He later starred on the series “The Philanthropist.”
Martin later returned to the stage in “The Merchant of Venice” and “A Winter’s Tale” at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. He accompanied “The Merchant of Venice” when it was later staged at the Broadhurst Theater in New York.
“Smash” is from Universal Television in association with DreamWorks Television. The series stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (“ER,” “Schindler’s List”). The series’ executive producers also include Joshua Safran (“Gossip Girl”), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning “Chicago,” “Hairspray”), Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (“United States of Tara,” “The Borgias”), Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray,” “Catch Me If You Can”), Jim Chory (“Heroes,” “American Dreams”) and Theresa Rebeck (“Mauritius,” “NYPD Blue”).
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