When it comes to Broadway theatre, I’m drawn to the new, the noteworthy and often the ‘not-long-for-this world.’ Revivals of 50 year-old musicals aren’t on my radar.
Two words got me in the theatre last night for a preview performance of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying:
I saw ‘Harry Potter’ make his Broadway debut two years ago in the title role of Equus. My seat was literally on the stage, which made Daniel’s 20+ minute nude scene at the end of the second act a more detailed memory than I would like.
Daniel’s entire performance was brave and brilliant, and I was furious when he wasn’t nominated for a Tony. But he didn’t sing or dance in the play — and hasn’t in any film role to date — so I was a bit worried for him before the show began last night.
There was no need.
Harry can really sing! And director Rob Ashford has turned him into quite the dancer in numbers with jaw-dropping choreography. Even if you don’t give two cents about Daniel Radcliffe or John Larroquette — who is a lot of fun in his Broadway debut, albeit a bit of a fast talker — the show’s clever, clever dance numbers are worth twice the cost of the ticket.
The show is beautiful to look at, too — all art deco in the bright shades of a fruit salad. And while the outdated subject matter is pure 1961, it has some modern references to Broadway, film and television that are unexpected fun.
The show got two standing ovations during the performance and an ear-splitting one at the final curtain, all well-deserved.
Now, let’s just work on those Tonys…