Michael Urie Will Join Nick Jonas in Broadway's How to Succeed in Business...
By Adam Hetrick
Michael Urie will step into the role of Bud Frump, the lazy office brown-noser at the World Wide Wicket Company, in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Urie made a name for himself as as slick office assistant Marc St. James on the ABC comedy series "Ugly Betty" and currently appears in the Off-Broadway production of The Cherry Orchard at Classic Stage Company.
He will succeed original revival cast member Christopher J. Hanke as Bud Frump on Jan. 24, 2012. Hanke (Cry-Baby, In My Life) will play his final performance Jan. 22, 2012.
Urie previously appeared Off-Broadway in the Signature Theatre Company revival of Tony Kusher's Angels in America. He also appeared Off-Broadway in The Temperamentals and earned a Lucille Lortel Award for his work.
Urie's first performance will also mark the Broadway return of Nick Jonas, who will take over the lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch Jan. 24, 2012. "Glee" star Darren Criss will play a limited engagement in the revival Jan. 3-22, 2012, prior to Jonas' arrival.
"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe originated the role of Finch in the revival. He will exit the Broadway production Jan. 1, 2012, along with his Tony-winning co-star John Larroquette, who plays J. B. Biggley. Beau Bridges will take over the role of Biggley Jan. 3, 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.
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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