Daniel Radcliffe returns to Broadway for musical debut in 2011

Daniel-RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe will make his Broadway musical debut starring as J. Pierrepont Finch in a revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying set to bow in Spring 2011. The role, originated by Robert Morse in 1961 and resurrected by Matthew Broderick in 1995, is that of a young window-cleaner who undergoes a meteoric rise from the mail-room to Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company. His “unorthodox and morally-questionable business practices” threaten both his career and his romance with Secretary Rosemary Pilkington (a part that has not yet been cast). Radcliffe made his Broadway debut in the play Equus in 2008, following a run in London’s West End. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will be directed and choreographed by Tony winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie).

What do you say? I think Broadway is never a bad idea for a brave actor looking to stretch, as Radcliffe will be after finishing filming the final installment of Harry Potter. This will definitely be a new challenge — one that the singing clip embedded after the jump proves he’s up for…

Daniel Radcliffe singing in Equus‘ skit for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’s 20th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition

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  • Celia

    This is awesome!!! I know Dan’s been taking a lot of singing and dance lessons to keep up with the competition, so I can’t wait to see the finished product. He’s the perfect choice for the role! He was brilliant in Equus. :D

  • wildecat

    That photo is definitely fueling my inappropriate crush on little Dan, but the clip convinces me he’ll need a LOT of help (especially in the dancing area) to pull off a Broadway musical. Love ya, Dan – get to work!

    • Celia

      How is it inappropriate? He’s 20, so he’s legal. I think he’s sexy.

      • Yoja

        He may be 20, but if she is 50, it is highly inappropriate!

    • Kristin

      “wildecat” ? This is random, but do you/did you go to unh? (Our mascot’s name is Wild E. Cat!)

  • Angie

    “How To Succeed…” with Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally was the first show I ever saw on Broadway. It’s going to be a tough act to follow. Not sure if Radcliffe has the same impish charm as Broderick, or most certainly Robert Morse.

  • kiki

    Le sigh…that’s quite the picture. What’s the story about, again? He’s back on stage, you say? Hell yes!

  • kat

    If they’re looking for a movie stare, how about Anne Hathaway for the romantic lead?

    • Jazz

      Anne Hathaway would be an great choice. I think she would fit well with Dan too. Plus she can carry a tune.

  • Heather

    I’d have cast him as Bud Frump. Let him try to stretch his comedy chops and play a villain!

  • Christine

    Aww, good for him! :)

  • dizzy

    That’s great news! I like that he tries other things besides sticking to films.

  • bunker

    LOL I was in this play in HS. I may wanna check this out.

  • anna

    He looks creepy

  • Molly

    I know it”s shallow, but the guy is gorgeous! And I think he has a lot of potential as a serious actor-good for him for challenging himself instead of sticking in the blockbuster roles

    • Gabby

      He is definitely gorgeous. I love his eyes. He’s already proven his potential by doing roles like My Boy Jack, December Boys, and Equus. I’m so excited to see he’s finally doing a comedy. He’s was so good on Extras.

  • theatre girl

    I saw Radcliffe in the West End Equus and he was very good. I would consider making a trip to New York next spring to see this. I hope they cast the female lead wisely.

  • erika

    oh my god!! i need to go this time :D i love Dan :)

  • Kate

    Is he going to show his ding dong again? I hope not because that thing was tiny.

    • Gabby

      no it wasn’t…u didnt see the pictures online…not that i have.

      • Maureen

        LOL! :D

    • Rawr

      those were done in photoshop….

  • Randi

    Awesome role!

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