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Variety: Dan Radcliffe to Return to Broadway in a Musical

Posted by: sue
October 09, 2009, 05:36 AM

Some possible big news this morning as Variety is reporting that "Daniel Radcliffe: will head the cast of an upcoming New York reading of 1961 tuner "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," marking the first musical turn for the "Harry Potter" star. The industry magazine then says "While producers could not be reached for confirmation, the reading is scheduled for December, with no other cast so far in place. Sources said plans for the production will be worked out based on the success of the reading." 

Some background on the awarding winning musical is found in the Variety piece: "Written by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, "How to Succeed" chronicles the rise of a crafty window cleaner as he follows the advice of a self-help manual to connive his way up through the ranks of the World Wide Wickets Co. and get the girl in the process. Robert Morse created the role on Broadway and in the 1967 screen adaptation. The original production won seven Tonys, including musical, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1962, running for a healthy 1,417 performances. Matthew Broderick won a Tony for the lead role in a 1995 Rialto revival.

While that recent production might make it seem a little soon to start considering a major remount, the current economic turmoil, upheaval in the job market, and a host of fresh reasons to skewer the world of corporate America stand to make the cynical comedy resonate with today's audiences."

Please note, as exciting as this sounds, we are working to get confirmation on this and will update as soon as we can, stay tuned!

Thanks Gabrielle!

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2422 Points

Amazing, way to go Dan! I wonder though if this will have any impact in the Potter filming, since they will be filming till April?

Posted by Mr. Brightside on October 09, 2009, 09:43 PM report to moderator
545 Points

Sounds pretty cool…

Posted by Nicci Weasley on October 09, 2009, 09:47 PM report to moderator
1535 Points

cool! Dan’s gonna sing! :) But, this better not interrupt the filming of Deathly Hallows!!

Posted by ginevrapotter07 on October 09, 2009, 10:12 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

does he sing? awesome go Dan, its good to branch out!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on October 09, 2009, 10:26 PM report to moderator
773 Points

awesome :) it’d be brilliant if he does this, a little more to add to his career. i like that he’s branching out and doing other things. all the other HP cast seem to be now, the younger ones, obviously the adults have already got preeeeetty impressive cv’s :)

Posted by Sigourney♥ on October 09, 2009, 10:37 PM report to moderator
57 Points

Amazing!! :)

Posted by harrypotter_123 on October 09, 2009, 10:49 PM report to moderator
3417 Points

Way to go Dan!!! It’s great he’s branching out, but I hope it doesn’t interfear with the filming of DH.

Posted by paul_hp_fan [OoM2] *ROAR* on October 09, 2009, 11:18 PM report to moderator
1623 Points

I’d love to see Dan in a musical, but I do think it’s a bit too soon for another revival of “How to Succeed”. Personally, I’d prefer to see him originate a role in a new production. However, whatever he decides to do next on Broadway, I will be there; he was incredible in Equus.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on October 09, 2009, 11:28 PM report to moderator
1579 Points

he sings..who knew? : ) and hell be in new york. yay!

Posted by Beckster235 on October 09, 2009, 11:37 PM report to moderator
355 Points

Woah, musical of all things. Excited, can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Posted by Lisbry on October 10, 2009, 12:06 AM report to moderator
355 Points

Woah, musical of all things. Excited, can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Posted by Lisbry on October 10, 2009, 12:06 AM report to moderator
2482 Points

This is wonderful…I’m happy Dan’s having other projects besides Harry Potter, that means he’ll have a long and lucky career!!

Posted by ele0206 -ROAR- on October 10, 2009, 01:00 AM report to moderator
35 Points

I think this is rather unfair- why should he be having to take lessons when there are far more capable actors who could do the job? what’s the point? just to have a famous name on a programme? Musicals are hard work. You can’t stop and do it over as you can in film- it’s live and there’s nowhere to escape to if you get it all wrong….

Posted by hallowowls on October 10, 2009, 01:01 AM report to moderator
307 Points

Of course we knew he sings, he sang in a show last year for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, he has been taking lessons.
“How to Succeed” is a fantastic play, very fitting for the times we are living right now…

Posted by ethanHP on October 10, 2009, 01:05 AM report to moderator
478 Points

I am sure that Dan can sing a little bit. He did do a song for the fund raiser after his stint in Equus with part of the cast. Sure he will be able to pull this off brillantly. If he is cast, I know I will be on my way to New York to see it. He was wonderful in Equus and I am sure that he will be wonderful in this.

Posted by beewell on October 10, 2009, 01:30 AM report to moderator
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