News Nuggets: ‘Newsies’ star Jeremy Jordan joins the cast of ‘Smash’

Smash” casts “Newsies” star Jeremy Jordan for season two: “Rising Broadway heartthrob Jeremy Jordan, who earned a 2012 Tony nod for his starring role in ‘Newsies,’ is joining the second season of NBC’s musical drama as a series regular, TVLine has learned. Jordan will play a very sexy (and straight) Brooklyn-born singer with a self-destructive streak. His character is one of three roles being added under new showrunner Josh Safran. The other newbies, a gay male Broadway dreamer and an African-American female chorus member, have yet to be cast.” TV LINE

Songwriters Hall of Fame inducts new artists: “Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger and Jim Steinman – who wrote the songs on Meatloaf’s ‘Bat Out of Hell’ album – were among the tunesmiths inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday at a ceremony in New York. Also given a place in the hall were the country songwriter Don Schlitz, a Nashville hit writer who came to prominence when he won a Grammy in 1978 for ‘The Gambler,’ and the Broadway team of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, best known for writing the 1960 hit musical ‘The Fantasticks.'” NEW YORK TIMES

Game of Thrones” and “Appropriate Adult” among Golden Nymph winners: “The Golden Nymphs, part of the 52nd Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo, saw a number of awards dished out with [Emily Watson] winning ‘Outstanding Actress’ for her role in ITV’s ‘Appropriate Adult.’ ‘Game of Thrones’ picked up the ‘Outstanding International Producer’ (Drama) award for David Benioff, DB Weiss, Frank Doelger and Carolyn Strauss … Other Nymph winners included ‘Modern Family‘s’ Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan who bagged ‘Outstanding International Producer’ (Comedy) while Tina Fey was given ‘Outstanding Actress’ for her role in ‘30 Rock.’ Sky News was rewarded for its Inside Homs and The Fall of Tripoli pieces, these being given ‘Best TV News Item’ and ‘Best 24-Hour News Programme’ respectively.” METRO

The Lyons” ends its Broadway run on July 1: “Nicky Silver‘s play ‘The Lyons’ will close on Broadway on July 1 after the Tony Awards snubbed lead actress Linda Lavin. Lavin, the former paper hat-wearing star of the TV series ‘Alice,’ plays a fearsome mother in ‘The Lyons,’ about a family grappling with the impending death of its patriarch. The play, which debuted off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre last fall, will have played 80 performances and 21 previews on Broadway when it closes. It is directed by Mark Brokaw. Lavin lost the Tony for best female actress in a play to Nina Arianda.” SACRAMENTO BEE

Portlandia” enlists Portland mayor for its Emmy campaign: “‘Portlandia,’ the Fred ArmisenCarrie Brownstein comedy about a mythic, too-hip version of Portland, took a droller approach, one with a ‘nice grassroots feel’ that’s true to the heart of the show, said Blake Calloway, IFC marketing chief. The channel enlisted Portland Mayor Sam Adams, a good sport who’s appeared in ‘Portlandia’ as the fictional mayor’s assistant, in an online plea to academy members. Nominating ballots, which went out earlier this month, are due back June 28. ‘Why, you ask, is the city of Portland campaigning for “Portlandia” to win an Emmy ….? Well, in Portland, we support all things that are locally sourced, artisanally crafted and organically grown,’ Adams says in the video. Really, Mr. Mayor, why are you shilling for ‘Portlandia’? ‘Portland has totally embraced the show and we love it. It’s good fun,’ said Adams. Besides, Emmy recognition would highlight ‘the great local talent’ that contributes to the production, he said.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

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