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Jennifer Hudson is prepared for Broadway

Oscar-winning actress says new 'Smash' role is readying her for the Great White Way

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Jan 2, 2013 12:40PM

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"Smash" has become a Broadway training ground for actress and singer Jennifer Hudson.


The Oscar-winning performer is joining the show's second season, which kicks off in February, and said she has a lot of respect for the folks from the Great White Way because of the work they have to put in.


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"Doing the show has helped me get my feet wet for Broadway," Hudson told Entertainment Weekly. "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. It's not easy being on the stage, on Broadway. I take my hat off to those people."


Hudson, 31, will play a Tony-winning actress named Veronica Moore in a multi-episode arc. She'll also diversify the cast, which was criticized for its shortage of people of color in Season 1. "Smash" also stars Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston.


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As for the role, the one-time "American Idol" contestant said she's enjoying it because of the drama's pacing and originality.


"You're constantly creating new things on so many different levels," Hudson said in an NBC video. "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."





"Smash" Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Jan 2, 2013 3:14PM
Raather see Jennifer Hudson than Katherine McPhee.
Jan 2, 2013 2:49PM

Another overrated no-talent American Idol "star." No wonder she does diet commercials, she cannot sing worth a damn.

Jan 2, 2013 2:48PM
I'll make sure NOT to see what ever she's in. She's low rent.
Why was she never charged in the deaths of her family? Was it because she lied on the stand about her brother-in-law in exchange for no charges?
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