Debra Messing Cast in SMASH

Debra Messing

Debra Messing might soon be returning to her roots. According to, the Will & Grace Emmy winner is very, very close to landing a lead role in NBC’s hour-long musical pilot SMASH.

Smash comes from the likes of none other than Steven Spielberg, as well as Chicago duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and Hairspray songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The series follows a diverse cast of characters who come together to stage a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe. Messing is set to play the role of Juia, the musical’s good-natured lyricist who is not quite ready to jump on board with the commercially-iffy subject matter.

As one who still watches the Will & Grace re-runs on Lifetime nearly every day, I’m very excited to see what Messing does with her role on the show.

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