Daniel Radcliffe is returning to Broadway in The Cripple Of Inishmaan. The former Harry Potter star won rave reviews for his turn in the sold-out London production of the 1996 Martin McDonagh play last year (13), and now he is bringing the show to the U.S.
This marks Radcliffe's third time on the Great White Way, following his revealing performance in Peter Shaffer's drama Equus and his musical debut in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
The dark comedy begins previews at Manhattan's Cort Theatre on 12 April (14) with an official opening night set for 20 April (14).
The intriguing rumor about casting for Broadway's upcoming revival of Of Mice and Men was quickly confirmed, and now we know that Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) and James Franco (everything else) will be our leads. Neither is without a great deal of talent (though some might argue that Franco's talents don't lie, as he would have us believe, in every art form), but the announcement still raised some eyebrows. "Huh," we all said, collectively. But this show wouldn't be the first time that Broadway has brought such seemingly disparate actors together. Here are some of the more memorably unexpected onstage duos.
Nick Jonas and Beau Bridges — How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
When the youngest Jonas took over the role of J. Pierrepont Finch from Daniel Radcliffe and Darren Criss in the revival, he was paired up with veteran thespian Beau Bridges as his boss, J.B. Biggley. Their big moment as a delightfully mismatched stage team is a musical production number that involves mimed, old-timey football and Jonas ending up on Bridges's shoulders.
Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon — Grace
These actors are heavyweights , and both of them have plenty of stage experience. The fun here is picturing the totally chill Rudd hanging out with Shannon, the human embodiment of intensity, for eight shows a week.
Alicia Silverstone and Henry Winkler — The Performers
The Performers didn't last very long and begs the question, "Who thought a romantic comedy set at the Adult Film Awards would?" But the show left its mark in the annals of Broadway history by pairing up Cher Horowitz and the Fonz within its ensemble, in one big meta-celebration of the coolest kids in school.
Diddy and Audra McDonald — A Raisin in the Sun
When a stage virgin who's willing to leverage his industry power and put up a lot of cash to play a legendary role in a legendary play, you'd do well to ground that production with a stalwart talent. Say, a five-time Tony Award winner?
British actor Rupert Grint looks set to follow in the footsteps of his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe by heading to the West End in a gritty gangland play. The 24 year old, who starred as Ron Weasley in the wizard franchise, is in talks to make his theatre debut in Mojo, about the seedy underworld of 1950s London.
Grint has already been involved in a read-through of the play, and producers are keen to hire him to star opposite Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw, according to Britain's Daily Mail.
Radcliffe has made a name for himself in the West End and on Broadway, appearing on stage in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, while he is currently starring in a London production of The Cripple of Inishmaan.
Jane Lynch turned to her Glee co-star Darren Criss for advice on tackling the Broadway stage following the hunk's successful theatre stint as Daniel Radcliffe's replacement in hit musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The 26 year old won rave reviews for his portrayal of businessman J. Pierrepont Finch in January, 2012, and Lynch reveals she called on him for tips after accepting an offer to play orphanage manager Miss Hannigan in a New York revival of the musical Annie - and make her debut on Broadway.
The comedienne, who will hit the stage for the first time on Thursday (16May13), tells the New York Daily News, "He told me to concentrate on the show, and to let everything else go by the wayside. He said, 'Get yourself a team'. I don't have an assistant or a driver. But I do now."
The actor also suggested Lynch invest in a good humidifier to protect her voice.
She adds, "I have to keep my vocal cords moist."
The actor began dating production assistant Rosie Coker last year (11) after previously meeting on the set of his hit film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2007.
The 23 year old moved to New York City to be with Radcliffe as he performed on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, but the couple hit a rough patch and has now called it quits.
Coker's father confirmed the break-up to the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper, saying, "She's trying to move on."
The news will come as a surprise to fans - Radcliffe recently gushed, "When Rosie's here, every day seems better... I'm not an easy person to love. There are lots of times when I'm a very good boyfriend, but there are times when I'm useless... She loves me for my oddness, my awkwardness, all of those things that I hate about myself. She finds them cute. I guess that's love."
The British actress had to perform routines from famed musical The Rocky Horror Show for her new film The Perks of Being a Wallflower and she admits the work gave her a taste for singing and dancing.
She now hopes to land a musical theatre role to put her new-found skills to the test, emulating Radcliffe, who honed his dance steps for a star turn in the Broadway production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
Watson tells British newspaper the Sunday Telegraph, "I love musical theatre, so, I would love to do a musical soon, that would be wonderful... I was terrified of the Rocky Horror scenes, but, as it turned out, it was fun, and once I got over how weird it was to go from wearing knitted jumpers to corsets and fishnets, I got it together... (It has given me) a taste for cabaret and singing and dancing."
Teen idol Jonas was recognised for his recent stint in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, in which he played the lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch before the show closed last month (May12).
Brinkley was the lady of the hour - the former supermodel was honoured for her portrayal of Roxie Hart in hit musical Chicago.
Michael Presser, executive director of Inside Broadway, which hosted the event, says, "Inside Broadway's aim is to pass down the rich legacy of musical theatre to future generations so that the magic, music and universal themes of the genre are not lost but rediscovered... Our honourees this year have each without a doubt greatly contributed to that cause."
The ceremony, held at the Big Apple's Hudson Theatre, featured a performance from Million Dollar Quartet star Elizabeth Stanley.
Take That star Gary Barlow and theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber put together a track called Sing to mark anniversary of the British monarch's 60-year reign, which has been celebrated in events across the U.K. over the last few days.
The songwriters had wanted to secure a lead performer to tackle the main vocals and they hoped to give the job to Harry Potter star Radcliffe, who has proved his musical credentials in Broadway musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
However, they were forced to reconsider when they discovered Radcliffe is not a fan of Britain's royal family.
Lloyd Webber tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "Initially, we thought we needed a principal performer. Then I had a bright idea. In fact, I thought it was corker. Daniel Radcliffe. I had seen him perform sensationally in last year's Tony Awards (for which, disgracefully, he was not nominated). Gary agreed. Who better than a young Brit, known throughout the world as Harry Potter, to sing on such an occasion? The problem was that Daniel is anti-monarchy and has given interviews to this effect, so we decided that it was probably not a path we should pursue."
Sing features on a collaborative record of the same name which topped the U.K. album charts over the four-day Diamond Jubilee public holiday (02-05Jun12).
The former Ugly Betty star plays Bud Frump in the Broadway show, which is ending its run on 20 May (12), but he has to miss out on a day of performing because he is promoting new programme Partners.
Urie posted on his Twitter.com page, "Good New: today is upfront day for @cbs... handshakingandsmilingcommence... Bad News: I have to miss today's precious 7th and 6th to last performances of H2SBway for said handshakingandsmiling. guttedyetgrateful."
The pop star took on the lead role in January (12) and had been contracted to stay in the production until at least July (12), but producers have now announced the show's final performance will be on 20 May (12).
Ticket sales have taken a noticeable hit recently, with last week's (ends06May12) earnings totalling just $368,000 (£230,000) out of a possible $1.3 million (£800,000), according to the Press Association.
Producer Michael McCabe says in a statement, "My producing partners and I are extremely grateful to the unbelievably talented company of actors and skillful crew that have given vibrant life to this show for over 500 performances."
The show debuted last year (11) with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role and was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning a best actor trophy for John Larroquette.
("How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying")
The story of J. Piermont "Ponty" Finch, a young lad determined to make it in the business world. In the pilot episode, Ponty quits his job as a window washer and gets a position in the mailroom of the Worldwide Wicket Company, where he begins his climb up the corporate ladder.