In "Kingpin," Arias plays the Stanford-educated, business-savvy Miguel Cadena who is the likely next-in-line to head up his family's drug-trafficking cartel. The "Traffic"-meets-"The Sopranos" series focuses on the infighting of the Mexican family and their battles with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency and the dangerous drug underworld.
Arias is known for his turn as Black in Michael John LaChiusa's Wild Party on Broadway. He also starred as Thuy in Miss Saigon for six years of its Broadway run.
Bobby Cannavale, set to star in the upcoming Public Theater production of Suzan Lori Parks' play Fucking A, plays brother Chato Cadena in "Kingpin." The actor has seen the stage in Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Williamstown Theatre Festival), in the world premiere of Lanford Wilson's Virgil Is Still the Frog Boy at the Bay Street Theatre and in A Flea in Her Ear at the Roundabout Theatre. His various television credits include "Third Watch," "100 Centre Street," "Ally McBeal" and "Sex and the City."
Maria Conchita Alonso, a replacement star in the original Broadway run of Kiss of the Spider Woman, also makes an appearance in the series. Other cast members include Sheryl Lee (Salome, Laura Palmer in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks") stars as Miguel's lawyer wife, Brian Benben (Slab Boys, "Dream On") as plastic surgeon-drug dealer Dr. Heywood Klein, Ruben Carbajal, Angela Alvarado Rosa and Shay Roundtree.
"Kingpin," which was created by two-time Emmy winner David Mills ("The Corner," "ER"), will air its six episodes Sundays and Tuesdays at 10 PM (ET) in February. (Check local listings.) Allen Coulter ("The Sopranos") directs the pilot written by Mills. The cable network Bravo will air more explicit versions of the six episodes in March. The Bravo airings will include additional uncut scenes not seen in the NBC broadcast.
For more info, visit www.nbc.com/kingpin.