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Archive for Daniel Radcliffe

The Reviews for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying are in…

Critics were split down the middle about the latest revival to open on Broadway, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which marked the Broadway musical debut for Daniel Radcliffe (best known for playing Harry Potter). Everyone agreed that he was “really trying” hard and either loved it and thought it fitting for the role and production, or named it celebrity casting at its worst. Here’s what the major publications had to say:

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW

“Got a minute to listen to a pitch for a new reality-television series? It’s a guaranteed winner. You know “Dancing With the Stars”? Well, imagine taking it one step further. “

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NEW YORK POST REVIEW

“Daniel Radcliffe is so adorable in his Broadway musical debut, you just want to pinch his cheeks. It’s not just his youth — the “Harry Potter” star is 21 — but the endearing amount of dedication and enthusiasm he pours into steering the new revival of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.””

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USA TODAY REVIEW

“It’s an old showbiz rule that a performer should never make his job look like work. But there are times when it’s great fun to watch an actor, particularly a famous one, rise to an obvious challenge.”

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW

“You don’t need a self-help book to figure out how to revive Frank Loesser’s dated but worthy 1961 musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. All you really need is Daniel Radcliffe, the 21-year-old coiled spring of energy who manages to embody the ethos of corporate-ladder-climbing opportunist J. Pierpont Finch with a winning combination of youth, talent, and sheer willpower.”

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LA TIMES REVIEW

“Harry Potter as a triple threat? Let’s not get carried away. The sorcery of director Rob Ashford’s Broadway revival of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which opened Sunday at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, isn’t that potent. “

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW

“The Bottom Line: Watching the boy wizard sing and dance might be novelty enough for his fans, but his star vehicle could use a stronger shot of magic. “

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE REVIEW

“Daniel Radcliffe has one huge advantage over others who’ve played J. Pierrepont Finch, the ambitious young fellow atop the 1961 musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Radcliffe is a fully established, wholly bankable, entirely charming international star at the age of 21. He doesn’t have to play the role like a Broadway wiseguy; he can play him as a risk-taking, flying-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kid.”

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AM NEW YORK REVIEW

“He’s starring in a show called “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” but no one can accuse 21-year-old Daniel Radcliffe of not “trying” to prove that his talent as an actor stretches beyond potions and wizardry at Hogwarts.”

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WASHINGTON POST REVIEW

“Daniel Radcliffe, the plucky young anchor of the “Harry Potter” franchise, is in dire straits once again, entangled in a scary predicament requiring the fortitude and resourcefulness of a wizard of far greater experience than his.”

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What do you think of the show?

Opening, Closing, Cast Changes and Albums: A Summer News Roundup

Summers are generally fairly slow on Broadway, with many recovering or reveling in the Tony Award results, hot weather and summer tourists; there’s still plenty going on, but not much in the way of news. There have been a couple exciting announcements, which are well worth sharing (thus this entry). If you want to get more frequent updates, follow us on Facebook or Twitter; I’ll post the juicy bits there and do another roundup here before the summer is out.

Opening Soon

Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster will officially open on Broadway on April 7th at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, this old-fashioned dance-heavy musical has the Broadway community buzzing. The revival will feature a new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.

The other big news item is that How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will open on Broadway on March 27. The show will star Daniel Radcliffe, who, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know as Harry Potter, and if you’ve been living in a theatre as that kid who got naked last season in Equus. The movie version of this show, starring Robert Morse, continues to be one of my favorites in the genre. Can’t wait to see what Mr. Radcliffe does with the role of Finch.

And then we’ve got the Off-Broadway transfers: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson announced that it will hit Broadway on September 21 and The Scottsboro Boys that it will open on October 31. We can only hope they enjoy as much success on Broadway as they did off.

Big Casting Changes

Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch have taken over the lead roles in A Little Night Music and everyone is raving about their performances. Check out Peters’ performance of “Send in the Clowns”:

Two others, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, have also stepped into some big shoes – the real life married couple are now playing Diana and Dan Goodman in Next to Normal on Broadway. Yes, they’re big shoes, but if Twitter buzz counts for anything, it sounds as though the show is in more than capable hands.

Closing Soon

In sadder news, Come Fly Away has announced that its final performance will be on September 5. This production, though short-lived on Broadway, does have plans to tour the US, so if you didn’t have the chance to see it on the Great White Way, you’ll have other opportunities.

Cast Albums

The revival cast of La Cage Aux Folles will be recording their work for their fans. The album will be released sometime in September. Pre-order it on amazon.com now.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the newly released albums for Everyday Rapture and Promises, Promises, available online here and here. Trust me – these are albums you won’t regret buying.

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