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'Smash' Books 'Rent' Alum Jesse L. Martin as Recurring Player

UPDATED: The "Law & Order" veteran returns to the network and will play an artistic director at a theater company and potential love interest to Debra Messing's Julia.

Jesse L. Martin
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Jesse L. Martin

Smash has added another Broadway veteran to its ranks.

Original Rent star Jesse L. Martin has joined the swelling cast of NBC's musical drama for its second season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Martin, who played the philosophical Tom Collins in Jonathan Larson's award-winning play and reprised the role in the 2005 feature film adaptation, will play Scott Welker, an artistic director at a theater company and a potential love interest to Debra Messing's Julia.

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Martin will appear in a six-episode arc whose story overlaps with virtually every cast member. As would be expected, his role includes musical performances 

He joins a revamped cast that includes Broadway alums Jeremy Jordan, Jennifer Hudson and former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes, among others.

The role marks a reunion with NBC for Martin, who co-starred on Law & Order and The Philanthropist.

Smash returns midseason. Hit the comments with your thoughts on Martin's addition.

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