On Thursday evening NBC, with Volvo & The Cinema Society, hosted the NY premiere of ‘Smash.’ The screening was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the party was in the Temple of Dendur. It was one of the hottest parties of the week as most of the cast walked the red carpet including: Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Raza Jaffrey, Brian d’Arcy James, Jaime Cepero and Producers: Theresa Rebeck, David Marshall Grant, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman and Michael Mayer.
Other attendees included: Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Sally Field, Lauren Hutton, Tony Danza, Matthew Settle, Patti Hansen, Lucie Arnaz, Lance Bass, Tom Cavanagh, Ali Wentworth, Bob Balaban, Neil Simon, Victor Garber, Mamie Gummer, Grace Gummer, Nathan Lane, Lois Chiles, Kathy Najimy, Andrew McCarthy, Beau Bridges, Bebe Neuwirth, John Benjamin Hickey, Carol Kane, Ben Rappaport (Outsourced), Margo Martindale, Dick Cavett, Fran Lebowitz, Stephanie March, Roger Rees, Andrea Martin, Phylicia Rashad, Phyllis Somerville (The Big C), Bernadette Peters, James Lipton, Pablo Schreiber, Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Abigail Breslin, Sami Gayle (Blue Bloods), Alexa Vega, Carlos Leon, Billy Magnussen, Aaron Carter, Marci Klein, Dylan Lauren, Dree Hemingway, Keira Chaplin, Kelly Bensimon, Marcus Schenkenberg, CNN’s Alina Cho, Olivia Chantecaille, Nancy Jarecki, Alex Lundqvist, Daniel Benedict, Debbie Bancroft, Irina Pantaeva and Bettina Zilkha.
modenook.com caught up with ‘Smash’ Star Brian d’Arcy James recently at the New York Premiere of ‘Red Tails.’ Video from our interview is on the left! Check out what he had to say about working on one of the most anticipated new shows of 2012:
Q: Do you sing in the show?
Brian d’Arcy James: Everbody is singing in it in some way. Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee, who people might remember from ‘American Idol’ fame, they’re doing the bulk of it. They play the actors who are vying for the lead role in a Marilyn Monroe musical, so they really get to sing, but everyone that they cast in the show–whether they are actors in the show within the show or not–are capable of singing so I fully expect everyone to sing at some point.
Q: How did you get involved with the project?
Brian d’Arcy James: Same old way actors get involved in projects. They audition for these things and I was lucky enough to get tapped on the shoulder to do it!
Q: What was it like working with Katharine McPhee?
Brian d’Arcy James: You know I had actually met Katharine McPhee when she was shooting ‘American Idol.’ She is married to a good friend of mine Nick Cokas and so I have know Katharine for quite a while and I think she’s a phenomincal talent. I just saw the pilot again last night at a screening in Chicago blown up real big like movie-style and she is just very very special. She’s amazing.
Q: ‘Smash’ has had a tremendous amount of buzz!
Brian d’Arcy James: I’m excited that people are excited about it, of course you know I’m biased cause I’m in it and I love the subject matter. It’s where I come from. It’s what I do, but I think that the excitement is geniume because what we’re doing is really good and we’re proud of it. I’m proud of it, so hopefully everyone will enjoy it!
Q: What was executive producer Steven Spielberg’s role?
Brian d’Arcy James: It was his idea. He kind of dropped the ball into the lap of NBC and so they took at and ran with it. He’s been very hands on from the very beginning. He wasn’t on set per say, but he was watching live takes from Los Angeles via a connection, so the man can’t be everywhere, although one would kind of imagine that he is, but he is very involved, not only with kind of watching as things were filmed, but also story structure and the editing room as well, I’ve been told that he’s very hands on!
‘Smash’ Premieres February 6th after The Voice and the day after the Super Bowl on NBC.