When Daniel Radcliffe made his Broadway debut in 2008 in "Equus," many young "Harry Potter" fans couldn't see the show because it contained nudity and other explicit sexual scenes. For his stage follow-up, Radcliffe has chosen something much more family-friendly: the effervescent musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
First performed on Broadway in 1961, "How To Succeed," featuring music by Frank Loesser, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in a revival production directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Radcliffe plays the young corporate climber, J. Pierrepont Finch. John Larroquette plays his managerial overlord, J.B. Biggley.
The musical won the Pulitzer Prize in 1962, one of the few stage musicals to take that honor. It also scored the Tony for best musical. A revival in 1995 starred Matthew Broderick, who won the Tony for actor in a musical.
How did the critics react to the new production? So far, the reviews seem to be mixed, though Radcliffe is getting points all around for effort.