Monday, January 13, 2014

Vintage Clip: Brian d'Arcy James Sings TITANIC the Musical

Brian d'Arcy James & Martin Moran in Titanic
Macbeth (It's only bad if you say it out loud, right?) concluded its limited engagement on Broadway* yesterday starring, most importantly, two-time Tony Award-nominee Brian d'Arcy James as Banquo, and some guy... Oh yeah, Ethan Hawke, as the title character. Brian d'Arcy James is one of my favorite actors ever, (as evidenced by the plethora of BDJ-related posts on here), and I really discovered how much I loved him from his performance in Titanic the Musical in the '90s.

Titanic had a respectable two-year run, winning all five Tony Awards for which it was nominated, including Best Musical, as well as three other awards. It's crossed from the realm of unpopular to unknown, but BDJ's part in it was wonderful.

Brian d'Arcy James is most recently known for his role as Frank, aka, Julia's rejected husband, in Smash. It should be noted that the show's ratings plummeted during the season that he was kicked off... Interesting. But seriously, I was so excited to hear that he was in the show, but felt betrayed when they took him out.

He also played Dan in the Off-Broadway production of Next to Normal and eventually did take over the role on Broadway. His long bio and brilliance deserve an article of their own, but for now, a video will have to suffice.

Below is one of those YouTube gems I found a few years ago from a 1997 appearance on the Rosie O'Donnell show. So watch BDJ and Martin Moran perform this gorgeous duet "The Proposal/The Night was Alive," from Titanic in which a lovesick Frederick Barrett (BDJ) is dictating to Harold Bride (Moran) a ridiculously sweet telegram for his girl.

Is there anything more precious? I just melted. Absolutely melted (in a sweet way, like, I'm totally in love, not like I'm the Wicked Witch of the West).

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*which I believe was the Scottish Play's 67th Broadway engagement since 1849

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