Can Harry Potter sing? That's something we'll find out come December, when Daniel Radcliffe heads a reading of the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Again, it's just a reading, not an actual production of the 1961 show, but this could determine whether or not it's a good idea to progress further with a new revival.
Radcliffe previously came to Broadway for the non-musical "Equus," infamous for having the former child actor appear completely nude on stage. If he's back in front of an audience for "Business," there won't be as many "scandalous" headlines, but there would still likely be plenty of "Harry Potter" fans in the audience.
The soon-to-be-former boy wizard will be reading for the part of J. Pierrepont Finch, a window cleaner who in only a few days moves up through the ranks of a corporation, from the mail room to the executive offices, thanks to a book called "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
The role originated with Robert Morse, best known these days as the eccentric Bertrand Cooper on TV's "Mad Men," who also starred in a 1967 film version. More recentlyMatthew Broderick won a Tony Award for a 1995 revival (eventually he left and John Stamos took over the part). Even more recently than that, the plot was spoofed in an episode of "30 Rock" when Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) worked his way back up the corporate ladder from the mail room in a single day.
There's no reason the musical shouldn't move forward. As long as Radcliffe can carry a tune he'll sell tickets, and the satirical plot is ripe for revisiting at a time when corporate America is a more frightening place than ever.
And if the revival works, how about another movie of the musical? The old one is decent, but it'd be great to see Radcliffe sing on film. Preferably with Hugh Jackman playing the company's president, J.B. Biggley (originally played on screen by Rudy Vallee).
Would you like to see Daniel Radcliffe sing on Broadway? Would you prefer he bring the musical to the big screen so it's more accessible to faraway moviegoers?