Liza Minnelli to guest star on NBC’s ‘Smash’

By Daniel S Levine,

Liza Minnelli is the latest superstar to land a guest star role on NBC’s Broadway behind-the-scenes drama Smash.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the iconic singer will appear in the episode titled “The Surprise Party,” playing herself. She will sing a new song by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman with Christian Borle, who plays Tom on the series.

“Liza Minnelli is the essence of a multi-talented, singular show business sensation, particularly for her extraordinary contributions to Broadway,” NBC head Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “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 has won nearly every award in the entertainment industry, winning an Oscar for her role in 1972’s Cabaret. She won an Emmy for Liza with a ‘Z’: A Concert for Television and Tonys for Flora the Red Menace, The Act and Liza at the Winter Garden. Her last Tony win came in 2009, winning the Best Special Theatrical Event award.

Minnelli’s other recent TV appearances include Arrested Development. She will be returning to the role of Lucille Austero for the show’s new season on Netflix.

Smash’s second season will star in February.

image: NBC



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