Last weekend we saw photos and video from Daniel Radcliffe‘s appearance in the new issue of Vogue magazine, which highlights his return to the Broadway stage. Today we get to see a couple of behind the scenes photos from rehearsals where DanRad is prepping for his leading role in the new revival production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. For this role, Dan has to sing and dance … something that is new for him … but, I understand, something he’s been able to master swimmingly.
Jon Hamm, move over. The latest looker to leap back into the 1960s: Daniel Radcliffe, who is assuming the musical role of quintessential company man J. Pierrepont Finch in the new Broadway revival of the 1961 classic How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. As shown in these exclusive-to-PEOPLE rehearsal shots, Radcliife is already off and running ahead of the chorus. As Finch, he starts in the mailroom of Manhattan’s World Wide Wicket and works his way up the corporate ladder. En route, he meets the adoring secretary Rosemary Pilkington – played by Philadelphia-born Rose Hemingway … In the production, which marks Radcliffe’s return to the Great White Way for the first time since starring in a 2008 revival of Equus – Anderson Cooper narrates Finch’s meteoric rise … and fall. “Anderson Cooper just always stood out for me,” the Harry Potter star, 21, says on the How to Succeed Web site about the CNN anchor. “He always had this kind of really cool … playful glint behind his eye, I think, which I always found quite funny.” Also in the cast: John Larroquette, as J.B. Biggley, the boss of the World Wide Wicket Company, who admires Finch’s fortitude. Previews begin Feb. 26 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, with the opening night set for March 27.
Man, I am SO bummed I’m missing previews for this show. David and I leave NYC one day before previews begin for this production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I have absolutely no doubt that Daniel will be fantastic in this role. Even tho Dan isn’t a singer and dancer (yet), I have every confidence that he will deffo rise to the occasion. I was so impressed with DanRad in Equus, I am really certain that he will be just as good or better in How To Succeed. I am hoping to get back to NYC after this show opens so I can see this show for myself. To be honest, some of those backup dancers in the first photo are reason enough to want to see this show … but, I’ll deffo be seeing it for DanRad.