Brian d'Arcy James Chats with PlaybillEDU About Road to Broadway, Sharing Tips for Success (Video) | Playbill

News Brian d'Arcy James Chats with PlaybillEDU About Road to Broadway, Sharing Tips for Success (Video) Brian d'Arcy James, star of Broadway's Shrek and Something Rotten!, recalls his life-changing experiences at Northwestern University.


Brian d’Arcy James came to many people’s attention with the unearthly beauty of his singing voice in the Off-Broadway musical Floyd Collins and later on Broadway in Titanic.

Since then his stage career has moved easily back and forth from dramas like Time Stands Still and The Lieutenant of Inishmore, to musicals like The Wild Party, The Apple Tree, Shrek, the Off-Broadway premiere of Hamilton, and his current assignment, playing the leading role in Something Rotten!

Brian d'Arcy James
Brian d'Arcy James Photo by Joan Marcus

He also was featured on the TV series “Smash” playing Frank, husband to Debra Messing’s character.

He may seem to have started at the top, but there was a time when James was just another talented teen hoping to get his foot on the bottom rung of the showbiz ladder by picking the right college. Who knows what combination of the right program, the right professors and the right roles will send one on a trajectory to greatness? As part of's Back to School week (#BwayBacktoSchool), PlaybillEDU is reposting our interview with d'Arcy James, in which we asked him where he went to college and how his experience changed his life.

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Click below to watch the interview with Tony nominee James.


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