The second season of the musical drama series "Smash" will feature Sheryl Lee Ralph guest-starring as the mother of a stage diva played by the previously announced new cast member Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.
Ralph was the original Deena Jones in Broadway's Dreamgirls, for which she was Tony Award-nominated in 1982 as Best Actress in a Musical. Hudson won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 2007 for playing Effie in the film "Dreamgirls."
Ralph also created the role of Muzzy in Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie and has starred in films ("The Mighty Quinn") and TV series ("Moesha," "Designing Women," "It's a Living").
The show — a soap opera about the making of a new musical called Bombshell, about Marilyn Monroe — offered mother-daughter tension in season one: Rising star Ivy (played by Megan Hilty) sparred with her Broadway star mom, Lee (played by Tony winner Bernadette Peters). Stay tuned.