Daniel Radcliffe has hung up his wizarding robes in style, by taking to the Broadway stage in all its musical splendor. The “Harry Potter” star debuted yesterday as the star of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.”
Forget the full-frontal naked horse-blinding of four years ago in “Equus”. This is an all-singing, all-dancing cheesy love story that Broadway does better than anywhere else. Dan’s run as a traditional song-and-dance man should surely prove there’s more to him than Harry Potter.
“How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” is a revival of the acclaimed production that debuted in the 1960s. Radcliffe is the star of the show, the eager over-achiever J. Pierrepont Finch. He is a perhaps surprising talent. After all, his acting in the “Harry Potter” movies was never going to win him an Oscar.
Radcliffe’s Broadway musical debut was in a whole different league. From the moment he hit his first note and for the next two hours, Radcliffe belted out the songs, high kicked with the best of them and secured a respectable reputation in theatre land.
Radcliffe sweats bucketloads for this role and it sure pays off in an energetic, enthusiastic and tuneful performance. He also showed he can really dance! Again, this wasn’t “Black Swan” caliber dancing, but it wasn’t easy either. Many other Broadway stars have not done so well. Daniel Radcliffe’s transformation from child actor to Broadway star has had a very big boost with this performance.
Are you planning to see Daniel Radcliffe in “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”? He looked like he wanted to stay there a long time!