February 14, 2011 08:26:00 GMT
Since this Steven Spielberg-produced project is a musical, the 'American Idol' alumna is expected to show a lot of her pipes.
Katharine McPhee has nabbed her biggest acting role yet. Kicking off her career on the fifth season of "American Idol", the singer had a supporting role in "The House Bunny" and scored several TV guest spots on shows like "Community". She is now signed as a regular in NBC pilot "Smash"
According to Deadline, McPhee will play "a beautiful struggling actress who goes to all lengths to book the role of Marilyn Monroe" in a musical. The story itself revolves around a cross section of characters who come together to mount a Broadway musical inspired by the silver screen icon, Monroe.
Coming from the production hand of Steven Spielberg, the drama musical is NBC's attempt to compete with FOX's "Glee". The pilot would be directed by Michael Meyer of "Spring Awakening" and the script is provided by playwright Theresa Rebeck. Meanwhile, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will compose original songs for the show.
Joining McPhee on "Smash" are Jack Davenport, Debra Messing and Megan Hilty. The first two are cast as choreographer and lyricist respectively while Hilty's role is as another actress.