01 Feb The Primere of Smash Hits NYC
The star’s put there best foot forward with thier designer garbs.
It was the kind of beguiling confluence that one could only describe as a quintessential New York moment: ancient art and Twitter-trending Pop culture coming together beneath the domed Beaux Arts ceiling at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Last night, some of Broadway’s brightest streamed in past ancient Egyptian artifacts to attend the premiere of NBC’s Smash, the Steven Spielberg-produced primetime musical series about the making of a fictional Broadway show.
There, beside a stately sphinx, was stage sensation Bebe Neuwirth in rose-printed Dolce & Gabbana. “I’ve only worn it once before, and I thought—’I’ve gotta get the girl out again!’” Neuwirth laughed. Model Dree Hemingway strolled by in Stella McCartney, and Sarah Jessica Parker looked resplendent in sequined Tory Burch at the event hosted by NBC, the Cinema Society, and Volvo. “We’re here because Scott and Marc are two of our best friends,” Parker beamed, referring to Smash’s co-lyricists and executive producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman of Hairspray. But it was more than amicable support that prompted Parker’s praise. “It’s a marvelous idea,” she said, pulling her vintage velvet Yves Saint Laurent blazer around her shoulders. “Many people are interested in success, but I find the beauty of the struggle—the romance, the vigilance—to be most appealing,” Parker said.
It was a sentiment echoed by Smash’s Katharine McPhee, fetching in a full-skirted Donna Karan creation, one part her bright-eyed on-screen character and one part Marilyn Monroe. “Smash is a show about dreaming big, which everyone can relate to,” McPhee mused. “But it’s also a world that people know very little about. That’s what makes it new and fresh.”
Actress Mamie Gummer couldn’t help but invoke the wordplay begged by the title of the series: “It’s going to be a smash hit,” she insisted. “Everyone in America was in a production of Annie [at some point in their lives] and knows the feeling of what it is like to be on stage. It’s so intoxicating.” Anjelica Huston, cutting a sharp figure in a trim Tom Ford suit, further reinforced the universality of the show’s appeal, adding, “It’s got passion and love, and all the things that make the world go round.”