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James Hibberd
March 04, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EST


The big names keep on coming for the fall TV derby: Silver screen veteran Anjelica Huston (The Grifters, Addams Family) has been cast in NBC and executive producer Steven Spielberg’s musical pilot Smash.

Her character is described as a shrewd, dry, smart, cynical New York City theatre producer. NBC’s answer to Fox’s Glee traces the creation of a musical from conception to opening night.

Also on board: American Idol alum Katharine McPhee as a singer, Jack Davenport, who will play the show’s choreographer, and Debra Messing as the musical’s lyricist. On the small screen, Huston most recently had an recurring arc on Medium in 2008.

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