‘Rent’ Alum Jesse L. Martin Cast in NBC’s ‘Smash’

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‘Smash’ continues to diversify its Season 2 cast with the addition of yet another talented black actor.

Jesse L. Martin has been cast in a recurring role on the second season of the hit musical drama series, Deadline reports.

Martin, who originated the role of Tom Collins in the hit Broadway musical Rent, will play Scott Welker, the Artistic Director of a theater who has a history with some of the characters. The actor may also serve as a potential love interest to Debra Messing‘s character.

Martin joins a growing cast that includes Jennifer Hudson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Leslie Odom Jr.

‘Smash’ returns midseason in early 2013.

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