News just broke that Liza Minnelli will guest star on NBC’s hit musical drama Smash.
Minnelli is scripted to sing an original song with Tom Levitt (Christian Borle), written by Smash composer and lyricists Marc Shainman and Scott Wittman.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, a die hard Minnelli fan, expressed his joy with the famed singer signing on:
“Liza Minnelli is the essence of a multi-talented, singular show business sensation, particularly for her extraordinary contributions to Broadway,” Greenblatt said. “So what could be more fitting than to have her legendary talent on a show that celebrates a world Liza has dazzled for decades? I had the pleasure of working with Liza when we restored her landmark television special ‘Liza With a Z’ at Showtime, and to see her artistry up close and personal is a thing to behold.”
Minnelli’s episode entitled “The Surprise Party” will air in early spring 2013. In addition to Minnelli, Smash was able to enlist some major talent this time around. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Rent star Jesse L. Martin, former Will & Grace actor Sean Hayes and Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky have all signed on to star.
Smash season two kicks off February 5th at 9pm.