Smash Casting News: Krysta Rodriguez Joins, Leslie Odom Jr.becomes Series Regulars

New Smash casting new broke yesterday afternoon. Karen (Katharine McPhee) will get a roomate after she breaks up with Dev (He’s one of several characters expected to leave the show next season).

Broadway actress Krysta Rodriguez has joined the show as a series regular and will play Ana, Karen’s “fun and spunky new roommate” who is also “an ensemble member in Broadway shows trying to make her mark.”

Krysta starred in originated the role of Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family musical. She also guest starred on the CW television series Gossip Girl as Jordan Steele.

Also becoming a series regular is  Leslie Odom Jr. who plays Sam the baseball loving dancer and boyfriend of Tom (Christian Borle). So happy I can continue to ship these two! They better not break up.

Also joining the NBC musical drama when it returns next season is Jennifer Hudson, who will play a Broadway diva in a multi-episode arc, plus Broadway actor, Andy Mientus and Newsies alum, Jeremy Jordan.

Via Entertainment Weekly, TV Line

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