Representatives for the production confirmed to Playbill.com that Criss' first performance has already sold out, with limited ticket availabilty for the remainder of his three-week run, which continues through Jan. 22, 2012.
Criss succeeds original How to Succeed revival star Daniel Radcliffe ("Harry Potter," Equus) in the role of J. Pierrepont Finch. Radcliffe and his Tony-winning co-star John Larroquette (in the role of J.B. Biggely) play their final performances Jan. 1, 2012.
Criss' Jan. 3 start date also marks the first performance of Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Beau Bridges, who takes over for Larroquette. PlaybillStore.com is selling the Playbill representing Criss' first performance.
As previously reported, pop star Nick Jonas will take over for Criss beginning Jan. 24, 2012.
How to Succeed… opened on Broadway March 27, 2011, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The musical has a score by Frank Loesser, with a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. Tony Award winner Rob Ashford directed and choreographed the production. The principal cast also features Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Tammy Blanchard (Gypsy, "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows") as office bombshell Hedy La Rue, Christopher J. Hanke (In My Life, Cry-Baby) as Bud Frump, Rose Hemingway (Parade at the Mark Taper Forum) in her Broadway debut as Rosemary Pilkington, Rob Bartlett (Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors) as Twimble/Wally Womper, Mary Faber (American Idiot, Avenue Q) as Smitty, Ellen Harvey (Thou Shalt Not, The Music Man) as Miss Jones and Michael Park (Middletown) as Bert Bratt.
The ensemble includes Cameron Adams, Timothy J. Alex, Cleve Asbury, Tanya Birl, Holly Ann Butler, Kevin Covert, J. Austin Eyer, Paige Faure, David Hull, Justin Keyes, Marty Lawson, Shannon Lewis, Ian Liberto, Andrew Madsen, Nick Mayo, Sarah O'Gleby, Colt Prattes, Stephanie Rothenberg, Charlie Williams and Samantha Zack.
For tickets, priced $52-$132, phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street.