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Ticket giveaway: Nick Jonas in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

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A new Finch has flown into into Broadway! Nick Jonas is the new star of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Stage Rush is giving away two pairs of tickets to see the Jonas Brother in the hit revival.

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Stage Rush TV: Episode 73

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What do you think, Rushers? What was the Lion King team smoking when they asked Rafiki to also play Nala? Have you taken advantage of Lincoln Center Theater’s LincTix program? Do you think Lauren Ambrose will succeed in Funny Girl? Which do you think will perform better on Broadway—Lysistrata Jones or On A Clear Day? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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On the scene: Daniel Radcliffe at 92nd Street Y

daniel radcliffe harry potter headshotA substantial portion of paying audiences flock to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre primarily to see Daniel Radcliffe in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Yet they aren’t getting Radcliffe on stage—they’re getting J. Pierrepont Finch, his character. However, Monday night at the 92nd Street Y, a full auditorium got Radcliffe for an hour and a half, nervous chuckles, self-deprecation, and all. In a long-form interview with Jordan Roth, the president of Jujamcyn Theaters, Radcliffe discussed the fears of taking on his first Broadway musical, the physical trait he thinks landed him the coveted role of Harry Potter, and that now-infamous Tony Awards snub. Here are some of the highlights.

On deciding to do How To Succeed:
You work really hard on Broadway, and you have to if you want to meet a certain standard. I think people were kind of intrigued that I didn’t want to take the easier option of just signing on for another seven-film fantasy franchise.

On dance training:
There wasn’t a huge amount of investigating into [the deeper meanings of corporate greed in the show]. My attitude was just sort of, “Let’s get the dancing done.” I started doing dance lessons proper and in earnest in January 2010. I had a meeting with [director] Rob Ashford at the end of 2009. I told him, “Singing—I’m working on, I’m comfortable. Dancing—not an option. Put it out of your mind.” He said, “Look, we’ve got a year. We’ll see where you can get in a year, and if you’re still rubbish, we’ll see what we can do. I’m never going to make you look bad on stage.” When you’re working on Broadway, the wealth of talent you’re working with every single night is incredible. You have to work hard to keep pace with [the ensemble]. I didn’t want Rob to have to curtail what he would naturally do, choreographically, because I’m rubbish. And luckily, some of the more tricky parts of choreography were given to us in December, so I had a chance to learn it before we started rehearsals. Read more »


2011 Tony Awards: Nominees and Reactions

For those that were dismayed by The Scottsboro Boys’ short run on Broadway and feared it would be forgotten this awards season, all bad feelings were washed away when the Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning. The musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb (the famous duo’s final collaboration together) received 12 nominations, only coming in second to The Book of Mormon, which received 14. The nominations this year were anything but predictable, serving up some serious snubs and surprises, especially in the acting categories. Let’s take a look at the 2011 Tony nominees.

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Best Play

Good People
The Motherf**ker With The Hat
War Horse

My wrong guess: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Although Motherf**ker was always buzzed to be a lock for this category, I’m surprised it took the spot of Bengal Tiger, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In my predictions, I edged out Good People, but am not surprised to see it here, as I’ve heard nothing but raves from critics and audiences. Read more »


2011 Tony Awards: Nominee Predictions

The Tony Award nominations are upon us, Broadway lovers, and the choices are as difficult as ever! The original musical returned with a vengeance this Broadway season, offering daring works like Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Scottsboro Boys to crowd pleasers like The Book of Mormon and Catch Me If You Can. There is also a refreshing crop of young actors populating the musical performance categories. Here’s my take on what shows will make the cut when the nominations are announced Tuesday, May 3 at 8:30 a.m. Stage Rush will be syndicating the live video feed of the announcements, so log on and watch here on Tuesday morning.

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Best Play

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
The Motherf**ker With The Hat
War Horse Read more »


Stage Rush TV: Episode 57

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What do you think, Rushers? Can you imagine getting phone calls at the office from Stephen Sondheim like Fraver often did? Which is your favorite Broadway poster ever designed? Were you enraptured by How To Succeed like I was? Is it on your must-see list? Sound off in the comments below, and watch out for practical jokers, Rushers; it is April Fools Day!

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Review: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

how to succeed in business without really trying broadway musical poster daniel radcliffe revivalToo often on Broadway, musicals sacrifice brains and depth for joyous, get-up-and-dance production numbers, as if the two couldn’t coexist in the same show. Rob Ashford’s revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is that rare production that manages to provide audiences with both.

Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter megafame stars as J. Pierrepont Finch, the window washer at the World Wide Wicket Co. who cunningly works his way up the corporate ranks. This is Radcliffe’s second Broadway bow, following a fantastic debut in the psychological thriller Equus in 2008. To answer the questions on everyone’s minds—yes, Radcliffe can sing and dance along with an ensemble full of Broadway babies, born and bred. While his vocals never rise above adequate, Radcliffe both executes and contributes to director Ashford’s lively and challenging choreography.

Ashford cleverly crafted choreography around Radcliffe’s physical traits. During the college-football inspired number “Grand Old Ivy, the ensemble literally lifts and tumbles Radcliffe around as if he were a five-foot pigskin. The effect is nothing short of hilarious, as is Radcliffe’s approval of the physical gag. “Grand Old Ivy” and others like “Brotherhood of Man” display a level of choreography and production value that is filled with such life and invention; How To Succeed surely offers some of the best Broadway spectacle this season. Read more »


Stage Rush TV: Episode 52, Spring Broadway Preview

Talking points:

  • The five  shows coming to Broadway this spring that we’re most excited about:
    Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
    How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
    The Book of Mormon
    Catch Me If You Can
  • Broadway grosses

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Stage Rush TV: Episode 51

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What do you think, Rushers? Isn’t Jennifer Sanchez’s performance brilliant? What would you like to see her in? Were Paul Wontorek’s comments during our game of Broadway Taboo cracking you up like I was? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Stage Rush TV: Episode 50, with co-host Jeremy Stolle of ‘Phantom’

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What do you think, Rushers? Is Jeremy Stolle the man, or what! Below, I have a special letter of gratitude in lieu of SRTV’s 50th episode—please check that out. Be sure to enter to win a pair of tickets to How To Succeed starring Daniel Radcliffe, and as always, leave your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you so much for watching this special episode! Read more »