Daniel Radcliffe made his Broadway debut yesterday as his new play Equus opened in previews at the Broadhurst Theatre in NYC. As you may recall, Dan stunned his Harry Potter fans last year when he premiered his Equus role in the UK … a role that requires full-frontal nudity on stage. Equus officially opens on Broadway on September 25 but last night was the show’s first preview performance. According to reports, Daniel gave a riveting performance:
Some might even say it was a magical evening. Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe appeared in his first preview performance of the Broadway drama Equus … earning raves from fans. “I thought that he was terrific,” Mandy Menaker, a college student who attended the performance at New York’s Broadhurst Theater, told PEOPLE. “He had a lot to offer. So I thought it was great.” Danielle Manente from New Jersey agreed that Radcliffe was wonderful. “He was really good. He captured the character [and] he was so into it. He never broke character. I believed everything he said.” In the revival of the 1973 Peter Shaffer play, which was also staged last year in London, Radcliffe stars as Alan Strang, a distressed and hostile teen who commits the horrifying act of blinding six horses, while a psychiatrist (played by Radcliffe’s Harry Potter costar Richard Griffiths) tries to get to the heart of why he did it. Radcliffe first entered stage embracing an actor playing a horse … His very emotional performance, which reveals Strang’s anger and fear, was met with enthusiastic applause from the audience. Not to mention wowing the crowd with the nude scene, which comes toward the end of Equus. “Oh my God! That was nice,” said Manente of Radcliffe’s character fully undressed himself in an attempt at lovemaking with a young woman. “I’m not gonna lie. He looked pretty good.” “By that point he was so in the character,” Menaker added, “that you don’t think of it as Harry Potter naked. He’s naked as a character emotionally, so you’re not at all thinking that he’s physically naked. You’re so involved in the scene by that point that you don’t even notice.”
Yeah, I don’t care how “in character” he gets in this performance, I think I’d notice his nekkidness. Throughout the entire West End run of Equus last year no nude frontal photos of Daniel Radcliffe managed to make their way out of the theater (altho, a few pics of the very nekkid Alfie Allen hit the InterWeb earlier this year when he took over the role after Dan‘s run ended). After the jump, check out a few grainy pics of Daniel Radcliffe‘s NSFW nude scene in the first preview performance of Equus last night …
Altho these pics are very grainy, I think you can make out that this is Dan … all of Dan:
Yowza! It is really difficult to see what exactly we’re working with here … but I think you get the gist. David and I will be seeing a preview performance of the show on Monday September 15 … I’ll be better able to report on this … er, the show, when I finally get to see it for myself. So … thoughts?