Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe Starring in Broadway MusicalMar 15th, 2011 | By Roy Rasmussen | Category: Art and Entertainment
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is preparing to star in a Broadway musical revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, set to open Sunday, March 27. Potter will be starring as protagonist J. Pierrepont Finch, an ambitious window-washer trying to get ahead in a big company.
Radcliffe began acting at age 10 and has played Harry Potter since 2001. Having finished his last Potter film and earned $60 million at age 19, he is now looking forward to the rest of his acting career. He began making the transition to adult acting in 2006 with a parody of himself in the TV series Extras and a lead role in the Australian independent film December Boys. He also has previous stage credits from The Play What I Wrote in 2002 and Equus in 2007 and 2008. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is his first Broadway play.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is based on based on Shepherd Mead’s 1952 book of the same name. It first premiered as a musical in 1961, and inspired a film adaptation in 1967. A previous revival in 1995 starred Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally.
The new adaptation is directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. Ashford won a Tony for his choreography of Thoroughly Modern Millie, an Emmy for his choreography of a number for the Academy Awards, and an Olivier Award for his direction and choreography of Parade.
Radcliffe’s costars will include Rose Hemingway from Mama Mia! and Parade; Christopher Hanke from Three Rivers and Big Love; John Larroquette of Night Court and Boston Legal; Mary Faber of Avenue Q; Tammy Blanchard of Guiding Light, Gypsy, and Life with Judy Garland; artist Ellen Harvey; Michael Park of As the World Turns; and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
Radcliffe’s last Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, is due in theaters July 15, 2011. He is also starring in an upcoming adaptation of Susan Hill’s thriller novel The Woman in Black.