Monday, April 15, 2024

Harry Potter Back to Broadway–with Clothes!


Harry Potter is coming back to Broadway. And this time, he’ll wear clothes!

Daniel Radcliffe has signed to star in a revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” It’s a musical, so apparently our Harry can sing. Who knew?

No word yet on who will be his female co-star.I guess if they could get Emma Watson to do it, the box office would sell out immediately. Radcliffe’s prior Broadway show was “Equus,” in which he co-starred with his Potter colleague Richard Griffiths. Radcliffe appeared naked for some of that show, which got a lot of publicity. In “How to Succeed,” he’ll wear suits and ties, thanks.

The last revival of this show was a hundred years ago, starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, with the great Lilias White. It was an enormous hit. For the White role, maybe the producers can get Fantasia. Now, that would be rockin’!

The original show, from the 1960s, starred Robert Morse (now of “Mad Men”) and Michele Lee of “Knots Landing” fame. They went on to star in the movie.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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