By Tim Stack
January 04, 2013 at 04:40 PM EST
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For its second season, NBC’s Smash is undergoing a reboot that includes more musicals and bigger star power, like Entertainment Weekly cover girl Jennifer Hudson and music icon Liza Minnelli. EW has the exclusive first images of Minnelli, who plays herself in episode 10 of the musical drama. The actress even gets to sing an original song, written by Smash producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman, alongside star Christian Borle, who plays Tom. “This [Broadway] community is so small that a Tom would know Liza Minnelli personally,” says NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. “It’s an episode where Tom is trying to make it up to Ivy (Megan Hilty) because they’ve had a bit of a falling out. He takes her to a restaurant because it’s her birthday and as a peace-offering, he presents Liza Minnelli to sing a song that he wrote. And Christian and Liza sing it together.” Check out another image of Minnelli below.

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For more on the second season of Smash, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now and stay tuned to EW.com this week for more exclusives on the NBC musical. 

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