In true 'L&O' fashion the plot is ripped straight from the headlines: Detectives Goren and Eames investigate a Broadway musical, 'Icarus,' after an actor dies while performing a stunt.
The case is based on the many injuries stemming from Bono and the Edge's new Broadway musical 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.' Smith plays Columbia University mythology professor Cleo Alexander, an old friend of Goren's, who helps the detectives figure out the meaning behind 'Icarus.'
Smith was brought to the drama by 'CI' star Vincent D'Onofrio, and she said of her first foray into acting: "I've never really acted, but I highly respect the craft. ... I knew that it wasn't going to be simple, but it was a little more daunting than I expected."
She praised D'Onofrio for his help and guidance, saying he proved to be a great teacher, giving her direction "that will last a lifetime."
"He's been taught by the greatest, and he taught me, so I feel like if I had to do it again, I'd be really good," she said. "He's such a great actor, such a great director and becoming such a good friend."
Smith and her longtime partner and collaborator, artist Robert Mapplethorpe, burst onto the New York City arts scene in the late '60s and her 1975 debut album, 'Horses,' put Smith at the center of American punk. Her best-known song is the 1978 hit 'Because the Night,' which she co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen.
Afte taking a break to raise her family, Smith re-emerged onto the arts and music scenes in the late '90s. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and in 2010 she won the National Book Award for 'Just Kids,' her memoir of life with Mapplethorpe.
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