How to Succeed in Business... Will Resume Performances June 23 Following Backstage Tragedy

News   How to Succeed in Business... Will Resume Performances June 23 Following Backstage Tragedy
The Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will go on June 23, a representative for the production confirmed to The June 22 evening performance, which was to mark the revival's 100th show, was canceled following the death of a stagehand prior to the 8 PM curtain.

The 7 PM performance on June 23 will now mark the 100th show of the Tony Award-nominated revival, which stars "Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe.

On June 22 the evening curtain was delayed after a stagehand went into cardiac arrest backstage. He was later pronounced dead at a Manhattan hospital. 

Radcliffe and his Tony Award-winning co-star John Larroquette took to the stage June 22 to inform the audience of the backstage tragedy and that the performance would not go on that evening, according to the New York Times.

Representatives issued a statement saying that "the incident was not caused by an accident related to the production. The cast, crew and theatre staff mourn the loss of this member of their theatrical family."

Audience members for the canceled June 22 performance have been able to exchange or refund their tickets. *

Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Parade, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Promises, Promises) directed and choreographed the production, which opened on Broadway March 27 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The musical has 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, the ambitious window washer with executive dreams, alongside Larroquette ("Night Court") as World Wide Wicket Company president J.B. Biggley, 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 How to Succeed ensemble features Cameron Adams, Cleve Asbury, Tanya Birl, Kevin Covert, Paige Faure, David Hull, Justin Keyes, Marty Lawson, Erica Mansfield, Barrett Martin, Nick Mayo, Sarah O'Gleby, Stephanie Rothenberg, Megan Sikora, Michaeljon Slinger, Joey Sorge, Matt Wall, Ryan Watkinson, 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.


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