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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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1910 Points

I really want to hear him singing. Let’s hope he sounds good lol!!!

Posted by Jane_Potter on October 09, 2009, 05:43 AM report to moderator
31 Points


Posted by madrassnuff on October 09, 2009, 05:53 AM report to moderator
310 Points

He sings? Wow, didn’t know that. :)) I’m excited already!

Posted by accioangela on October 09, 2009, 06:12 AM report to moderator
36743 Points

What !

Posted by simos girl {WBM} ~Lemon~ on October 09, 2009, 06:19 AM report to moderator
7475 Points

wowcan singing…i always heard him say he thinks he’s a horrible singer…afte December boys i kind of agreed hahah maybe he’ll be awesome after lessons

Posted by Luce-Lupin !~ROAR~! on October 09, 2009, 07:43 AM report to moderator
1252 Points

Oh I love this musical! And I would love to see Dan do something so drastically different!

Posted by Princess Leia on October 09, 2009, 07:54 AM report to moderator
305 Points

The question in everyone minds is “Can he sing?”… i think nobody really know. It is one thing to be able to sing in a movie or a gathering of friends, a whole other to carry a broadway musical… I think that is what they mean in the article when they say: “plans for the production will be worked out based on the success of the reading.”
Let’s face… these people who sing at broadway shows are huge singers…
Good luck to Dan! I’m sure he is going to train his ass off if he wants the part!

Posted by Carol Carvalho on October 09, 2009, 08:06 AM report to moderator
193 Points

does dan sing?

Posted by moondragon15(ROAR) on October 09, 2009, 08:29 AM report to moderator
217 Points

So that’s why he was learning to dance!!!
I Hope he was also taking singing lessons…

Posted by Despina on October 09, 2009, 08:37 AM report to moderator
1397 Points

and also loved the film, never saw the musical before and I am just glad that I have a chance to see Dan on stage, as I did not get the opportunity to see Equus

Posted by Blatcher(ROAR) on October 09, 2009, 10:04 AM report to moderator
1549 Points

Equus stunt again? joke..

well, thats good he’s opening up again another oppurtunity for acting other than hp.

wait..he’ll sing?
wonder how that will sound like..screeching cat or screeching tire? joke!
of course, i’ll bet it’ll sound like an angel like that face of his. :)

Posted by vampressISap0tter *ROAR* on October 09, 2009, 11:12 AM report to moderator
58 Points

I am so very proud of (you) Dan… break a leg!

Posted by Catherine_R_Williams on October 09, 2009, 11:13 AM report to moderator
4056 Points

Dan can sing? Didn’t know he could. But, jain, you made a very good point there; don’t underestimate Dan! So good luck Dan! : D

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on October 09, 2009, 12:38 PM report to moderator
88 Points

Sounds way cool.

Posted by lowlizah on October 09, 2009, 12:45 PM report to moderator
305 Points

@Jain… I agree that the best singers are those who interpret a song and you were spot on when you mention Bob Dylan. But just like Johnny Depp did a wonderful job on the movie Sweeney Todd I don’t think he would be able to pull the stage off… I’ve seen both, movie and theater and those guys are unbelievable singers, it takes more than being good actor and a good singing voice to that.
In the other hand, Dan will never take the job if he’s not completely secure he can do it. He is sensible and he may just work very hard and nail it!! I hope he kicks ass!!! :P

Posted by Carol Carvalho on October 09, 2009, 01:32 PM report to moderator
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