If you’re going to hire Jennifer Hudson to guest-star on a musical like Smash, you better have an epic ballad for the Oscar-winner to sing. Well, thankfully, the producers of the NBC series know exactly how to use Hudson’s talents. In this exclusive clip from the climax of episode 4, Hudson’s Veronica “Ronnie” Moore sings a brand new song, written by Smash’s composers and exec producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, while performing at her own televised concert.
Regular viewers will recognize Derek (Jack Davenport), who directed the concert, standing in the wings; Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) singing back-up; Tom (Christian Borle) on the piano; and newcomers Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Kyle (Andy Mientus), whose characters are credited with penning “I Can’t Let Go” on the episode. Also, look for a cameo in the audience by Sheryl Lee Ralph as Ronnie’s controlling mother. Watch the spectacle below…
Follow Tim on Twitter: @EWTimStack
‘Smash’ producers: They read your hate tweets!
‘Smash’: Watch the gag reel from season 1 – EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
‘Smash’: See the first images of Liza Minnelli in season 2 – EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS
This Week’s Cover: Inside the making (and remaking) of NBC’s ‘Smash’