Will Hyde Pierce Go From La Bete to How to Succeed?

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David Hyde Pierce will begin the next Broadway season, playing a high-minded classical dramatist to Mark Rylance's low-brow street clown in a revival of David Hirson's 1991 La Bete, due at a Shubert house in September after a summer run in London, and he may end it, playing a corporate kingpin to Daniel Radcliffe's company-climbing window cleaner in a revival of Abe Burrows and Frank Loesser’s 1961 How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, arriving in April.

At the premiere of her first Broadway show (Promises, Promises), Candy Spelling let slip that she had hired Pierce To Succeed in her second.

"David did the reading with Dan, but he's not confirmed," clarified the director-choreographer of both shows, Rob Ashford. "He did a beautiful job, and we'd love to have him. Are you kidding?"

The two lead roles in Business — J. Pierrepont Finch and J.B. Biggley — were originated on stage and played on film in 1967 by Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee and in 1995 reprised on Broadway by Matthew Broderick and Ronn Carroll.

"I know Biggley is usually played by an older guy, but, because Dan is so much younger than what his role is usually played at, all the other ages are geared down so it would make sense to use David," reasoned Ashford. "Also, he and Dan together is such a cool energy. We'd be lucky to have him. I love working with him."

For their previous pairing, Curtains, Hyde Pierce won the Tony and Ashford nabbed a Tony nomination.

— Harry Haun

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