Broadway veteran Brian d'Arcy James stopped by NBC's New York Live to discuss SMASH. Find out what he has to say about what's to come this season and about his upcoming films in the interview below!
Brian d'Arcy James currently stars in the NBC/Dreamworks Studios TV show SMASH. Brian plays "Frank Houston," Debra Messing's husband in a cast that includes Angelica Huston and Katharine McPhee. Brian also appeared in the pilot episode as Assistant District Attorney Wheeler in the J. J. Abrams-produced PERSON OF INTEREST, which began airing in September 2011 on CBS.
On the stage, he most recently earned rave reviews in the Broadway play TIME STANDS STILL by Donald Margulies, starring along side Laura Linney, Christina Ricci and Eric Bogosian at the Cort Theater. Brianoriginated the role of 'Dan Goodman' in the Pulitzer Prize-winning NEXT TO NORMAL at Second Stage Theater and reprised his role in the Broadway production in the summer of 2010. He was nominated for a TONY in 2009 for his performance of 'Shrek' in SHREK THE MUSICAL. He also won the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk Award for that role.
Brian's work in film includes being cast as Ted Frank in the upcoming HBO film GAME CHANGE with Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and Ed Harris as Senator John McCain.Brian will also appear in the soon-to-be-released feature film FRIENDS WITH KIDS, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt starring Jon Hamm, Kristin Wiig, and Megan Fox. He can also be seen in GHOST TOWN with Ricky Gervais as 'Irish Eddie,' a tattooed gangster. Brian has appeared in the ABC series Cashmere Mafia, and FX's Rescue Me. He recently co-created, co-produced and starred in an original, improvised comedy TV pilot called SHINY PEOPLE about the unique world of corporate entertainment.
A Broadway veteran, Brian received a 2002 Tony nomination, a Drama Desk nomination, an Outer Critics Circle nomination and a Drama League Honor for his star turn as 'Sidney Falco' in SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. For his performances Off-Broadway, he received a 2000 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and a Drama League Award Nomination for THE WILD PARTY at Manhattan Theatre Club. He also received a 2001 OBIE AWARD, Drama Desk Award nomination, Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Backstage Garland Award, and LA Weekly Award for hissoloperformance in Conor McPherson"s THE GOOD THIEF.
Brian received rave reviews for the Atlantic Theater Company's production of PORTAUTHORITY, his second Conor McPherson play. For his role, Brian was nominated for a Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Lead Actor and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for the 2009 season.
Brian started his career on Broadway when he appeared in BLOOD BROTHERS in 1993,taking over the lead role of 'Mickey' for a limited time before leaving to join Nicholas Hytner's acclaimed production of CAROUSEL at Lincoln Center.
In 2007, he originated the role of 'Brendan' in Martin McDonagh's Tony and Drama Desk nominated play THE LIEUTENANTOF INISHMORE, starred with Kristen Chenoweth in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of THE APPLE TREE, and starred with Keith Carradine in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS as 'Freddy Benson.'
SMASH stemmed from an idea of executive producer and multiple Emmy and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg ("ER," "Schindler's List"). The pilot was written by acclaimed playwright/screenwriter Theresa Rebeck ("Mauritius," "NYPD Blue"). David Marshall Grant ("Brothers and Sisters"), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning "Chicago," "Hairspray") and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey ("United States of Tara," "The Borgias") also serve as executive producers. Original songs are written by Tony and Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Hairspray," "Catch Me If You Can"), who serve as executive producers as well.