Coffee Break: How to Succeed... Begins Mini-Hiatus While Daniel Radcliffe Promotes "Harry Potter"

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07 Jul 2011

Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette
Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette
Ari Mintz

The Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying takes a three-performance coffee break to allow the musical's star Daniel Radcliffe to fulfill press commitments for the final film in the "Harry Potter" franchise.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" will arrive in theatres July 15 and Radcliffe, who is best known for portraying the titular wizard, has previously scheduled press appearances. Due to the star's absence, How to Succeed will not perform July 7 at 7 PM, July 8 at 8 PM and July 9 at 2 PM. Radcliffe will return in time for the production to resume performances July 9 at 8 PM.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Parade, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Promises, Promises), How to Succeed began previews Feb. 26 and officially opened March 27 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

The musical features a score by Frank Loesser with a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert.

Radcliffe ("Harry Potter," Equus) stars as J. Pierrepont Finch with Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor John Larroquette ("Night Court") as World Wide Wicket Company president J.B. Biggley, Emmy Award winner and two-time 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 revival is produced by Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams), Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, Candy Spelling, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Two Left Feet Productions/PowerArts, Jen Namoff/Fakston Productions, Hilary A. Williams, HOP Theatricals, LLC/Paul Chau/Daniel Frishwasser/Michael Jackowitz, and Michael Speyer - Bernie Abrams/Jacki Barlia Florin - Adam Blanshay/Arlene Scanlan/TBS Service.

The original 1961 production earned seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Author and Best Score, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Robert Morse earned a Tony Award for his performance as J. Pierrepont Finch. How to Succeed was last revived on Broadway in 1995 starring Tony winner Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally.

How to Succeed… follows a young window washer, who with the help of the titular book, rises to the top of the World Wide Wicket Company in New York City.

Rob Ashford earned a 2002 Best Choreography Tony Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie. He has been Tony-nominated for How to Succeed, Cry-Baby, Curtains and The Wedding Singer. He earned acclaim for directing the Donmar Warehouse productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Parade.

For tickets, priced $52-$132, phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street.

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