Jennifer Hudson joins ‘Smash’ for a multi-episode arc

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Jennifer Hudson said it was an immediate “yes” when she got the call for “Smash.” “Doing the show has helped me get my feet wet for Broadway,” Hudson said. “I like to take one step at a time and I feel like this was a huge leap, but a great start into walking into that world, which is something I definitely want to do one day.”

In a behind-the-scenes video from NBC, Hudson said she had a ball recording the original songs.

“You’re constantly creating new things on so many different levels,” she said. “One minute you’re in the studio, the next second you’re doing choreography, the next second you’re acting. It’s a huge challenge, but I love it.”

Here are some pictures of the cast in the new Entertainment Weekly. Here’s more on the photoshoot.

Taking a cue from the theater drama Smash, which returns to NBC on Feb. 5, set designer Sean Patrick Anderson transformed a New York City photo studio into a Broadway rehearsal stage for our cover shoot with stars Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty.

The location had a behind-the-scenes feel, but the ladies looked ready to take center stage. In an effort to find a “balance between something that felt very Broadway, but also had a fashion reference,” stylist Jennifer Hitzges paired pieces from labels like Herve Leger, Jenny Packham and Christian Louboutin with lots of costume jewelry and a beauty look inspired by Sophia Loren. ”The hair, the makeup, the colors of the clothes and the way that the girls were moving… made it so authentic,” Hitzges says of the final result.

I can’t even handle 5 minutes of ‘Smash’, and I actually really like musicals. This show is just way too over the top for me. I can’t handle it.

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