Raza Jaffrey doesn't get too many opportunities to show off his song and dance skills on "Smash," but that's about to change. His character, Dev Sundaram, boyfriend to Katharine McPhee's character Karen Cartwright, works in the mayor's office. Not much musical moments going on there. However, in Monday night's episode, entitled "Publicity," Jaffrey, who has plenty of experience in British musical theater, gets to show his singing talent in a dream sequence that takes the shape of a Bollywood song and dance number.
Jaffrey explained how his performance of the original song "A Thousand And One Nights" came to find its place in the "Smash" storyline on "Good Day L.A." (weekdays, 7 a.m. PT on Fox).
"I think Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, our wonderful songwriters, they had an idea. And they came up to me a few episodes in and said, 'We've seen you do some of this stuff before, do you want to do a number?' And I said, 'That'd be fantastic, but I have no idea how you're going to get it in, I work in the mayor's office!'" he said.
Once they figured out the song would be a fantasy, then they had to choreograph the number. "It ended up being the biggest production number we'd done to date," Jaffrey added.
"Smash" airs Monday, April 23 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
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