Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have overseen both stage and film versions of 'Chicago' and 'Hairspray,' will conduct a reading of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning play in New York in December, with Radcliffe singing and dancing in the lead role. He has spent nearly half his 20-year-old life as Harry Potter, and will continue to reprise the role at least through 2011's eighth franchise installment, but actor Daniel Radcliffe continues to make bold career choices that defy pigeonholing. Variety reports that the London native has just signed on to lead a test run of the musical 'How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.'
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have overseen both stage and film versions of 'Chicago' and 'Hairspray,' will conduct a reading of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning play in New York in December, with Radcliffe singing and dancing in the lead role.
If that test drive goes well enough, the producers will proceed with a full-fledged revival, with the rest of the cast announcements pending. An earlier revival back in the mid-1990s yielded a Tony Award for Matthew Broderick, who also played the lead role of the upwardly mobile window washer who ends up getting everything, including the girl.
While the latest 'Potter' film, 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,' is winding down its worldwide theatrical run with $928 million in ticket sales to date, Radcliffe has kept his extracurricular career activities interesting and diversified.
Two years ago, he received positive reviews for his daring, manhood-baring turn in a revival of Peter Shaffer's play 'Equus,' portraying horse-obsessed stable boy Alan Strang. That production eventually transitioned to Broadway. Also in 2007, Radcliffe garnered critical raves for portraying poet Rudyard Kipling's soldier son in the U.K. TV production 'My Boy Jack.' Meanwhile, American television audiences were impressed by his preternaturally mature, self-deprecating comedic turn on HBO's Ricky Gervais series 'Extras,' playing a womanizing parody of himself.
Long story short: Although the 'Potter' saga will wind down with two 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' movies, with 'Part I' and 'Part II' due in 2010 and 2011, respectively, we have a feeling we'll be seeing plenty more Radcliffe long after Harry's final showdown with Voldemort.