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It does look as though Daniel Radcliffe has found a co-star for his 2011 “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

I am told that newcomer Rose Hemingway (not a relative of Ernest) has been chosen to play Rosemary to Radcliffe’s Finch in the musical revival. The show will be directed by choreographer Rob Ashford, who made his directorial debut last night in “Promises, Promises.”

The shows are sort of flip sides of each other. One is how to succeed without really trying. “Promises, Promises” is about really, really trying. “How to Succeed” is from 1962. “Promises” is set in that year, but was really launched in 1968-69.

Sources say Hemingway gave an extraordinary reading of the role in the workshop and auditions. The last person to play Rosemary was Sarah Jessica Parker. The original, of course, was the great Michele Lee, on Broadway and in the film with Bobby Morse.

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  1. I saw Rose in Mamma Mia both in Florida as well as Connecticut. She is simply TERRIFIC and will be fantastic in this one as well. I DEFINITELY plan on seeing her asap. DON’T MISS HER!! She is refreshing and talented!!!!!!!!

  2. Michele Lee did not originate the role of Rosemary. She was a replacement in the Original Broadway production of H2$, later creating the part on film. Bonnie Scott originated the role, and is on the Original Cast Recording.

    And to clarify, too, Ashford made his Broadway directorial debut, not his directorial debut…having previously helmed high profile productions of the musical PARADE in London (Donmar) and LA (Mark Taper Forum) and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Donmar.

  3. Michelle Lee was NOT the original Rosemary in “How to Succeed.” It was Bonnie Scott who also, of course, sings the part on the OBC

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