Veteran Broadway, film and TV casting director Barry Moss has died at the age of 74. Moss passed away on 17 June (14) after suffering congestive heart failure at a New York hospital, his partner Bob Kale has confirmed.
He landed his first Broadway gig on Neil Simon's Chapter Two in 1977 and reunited with the playwright to find talent for his 1979 musical They're Playing Our Song and I Ought to Be in Pictures in 1980.
As co-founder of the Hughes Moss Casting agency, he went on to work on nearly 90 Broadway shows, including a 1980 revival of West Side Story, My Fair Lady and 1995's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which earned Matthew Broderick a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Moss also cast Lauren Bacall in the musical Woman of the Year, Raul Julia in Nine and Elizabeth Taylor in The Little Foxes.
He worked on hit TV sitcom The Cosby Show in the 1980s and helped to launch Adam Sandler's screen career after casting him as Theo Huxtable's friend Smitty, while his big screen credits included casting for horror movie Friday the 13th, the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple and Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 romantic drama Endless Love, which featured Tom Cruise in his film debut.
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has followed pal Daniel Radcliffe onto the Broadway stage. The British actor will make his debut on the New York stage as acclaimed director Frank Finger in the star-studded Broadway production of Terrence McNally's comedy, It's Only A Play.
Grint says, "I'm thrilled to be making my Broadway debut alongside this amazing cast and creative team."
The play will reunite The Producers stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick and will also feature Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham and Stockard Channing.
It's Only a Play is scheduled to premiere at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 9 October (14).
Radcliffe is currently starring in a Broadway production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, while he has also previously appeared in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Issues about the blurry line between love and friendship aren’t the only important questions that the trailer for the "friend zone" rom-com What If brings to the forefront. More relevant than the question of whether or not you should tell your friend that you love them, more vital than who decided to have Daniel Radcliffe and Adam Driver stand next to each other, and more intriguing than the origin of everyone’s weird names is the question: Could Daniel Radcliffe be the rom com leading man we’ve been waiting for all along?
Let’s look at the evidence:
He’s Charming Charisma is a vital part of the rom-com hero formula – after all, he’s not just winning over his leading lady, but the entire audience as well. It’s a good thing, then, that Radcliffe has charm in spades, no doubt thanks to spending his formative years in the public eye. Whether he’s rambling a mile a minute about cricket or giving his fantasy football team a terribly funny name (Barkevious Mingo’s Mum) or campaigning for him and Dane DeHaan to win an award for Best Kiss, it’s hard not to fall under Radcliffe’s spell.
He’s Awkward Every leading man needs some kind of flaw to humanize them and makes them more approachable, and if the success of Jude Law and Hugh Grant’s movies prove anything, it’s that nobody does the “bumbling charmer” better than an Englishman. Radcliffe’s natural manic energy is the perfect basis for plenty of uncomfortable misunderstandings, physical comedy (like, say, someone getting knocked out of a window) and long-winded, heartfelt apologies that make everyone in the theater swoon.
He Seems Like a Regular Guy Though the most common rom-com hero has a strong jawline and a six pack, the most enduring ones seem like real people. Think Seth Rogen in Knocked Up or Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate or the most iconic of all, Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally. Despite being famous since he was a little kid, Radcliffe has that same Everyman appeal that makes those other guys so charming: good-looking but not intimidatingly so, confident but not cocky, intelligent but not insufferable. In short, Radcliffe seems like a guy you could actually be friends with, and that makes him more appealing.
He’s a Good Dancer Even if your rom-com doesn’t feature a scene where the hero sweeps his lady off her feet by being surprisingly light on his feet, it’s a necessary part of the whole “dream guy” package that Hollywood has been selling for years. And after starring in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Radcliffe’s got all the moves he needs to be the guy of your dreams, even if you can hear him counting out the steps under his breath.
He’s Comfortable With Goofy Sidekicks Just as the rom-com heroine has a sassy, less inhibited best friend (almost always played by Judy Greer), the hero has a sidekick of his own. As Harry Potter, Radcliffe spent 10 years with a best friend by his side at all times, which means he has plenty of experience talking about his relationship over a few beers or a game of cricket. Based on the trailer, it seems that Radcliffe’s put that to good use, and his chemistry with Driver gives the trailer some much needed goofiness. That height difference alone...
He’s Harry Potter It doesn’t matter whether you actually preferred Ron or Draco or even Cedric Diggory, every girl wants to date the Boy Who Lived. Well, every girl except Cho Chang, but to be fair, there were other factors at play there.
Daniel Radcliffe's return to Broadway has been hailed a resounding success following the opening of his play The Cripple Of Inishmaan. The Harry Potter star has embarked on his third stint on the Great White Way following successful turns in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
The Cripple Of Inishmaan opened in New York City on Sunday night (20Apr14) following a successful run in London last year (13), and Radcliffe won a round of glowing reviews for his performance as a disabled Irish teenager.
Ben Brantley of the New York Times calls the play Radcliffe's "most satisfying stage work to date", adding, "Daniel Radcliffe, isn't here just to flex his charisma for fans... The boy wizard in the immensely successful Harry Potter movie franchise is entirely convincing as the boy who is regarded as least likely to succeed at pretty much anything in his God-forsaken rural Irish town."
Variety's Marilyn Stasio praises Radcliffe for his "warm, sympathetic performance" while David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter adds, "The Harry Potter star has never been better, more than measuring up in this flawless ensemble."
Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune adds, "Of the three Radcliffe performances I've seen on Broadway (the others were in Equus and How to Succeed), this is by far is the best. It really breathes as it hobbles along, and yet it's never showy nor overly optimistic. Radcliffe, who reveals chops here I've never seen on stage nor screen, is surrounded by superb character work throughout."
Newsday's Linda Winer concludes, "Never let it be said that Daniel Radcliffe panders - not to expectations of Hollywood glitz nor, especially, to his Harry Potter fan base. Here he is, back on Broadway... and Daniel Radcliffe is again wonderful."
"The thing that terrifies me is missing a show. So far in London or on Broadway I haven't missed a show, so now I've got that record... When I was doing How To Succeed..., waking up every morning going, 'What shape is my voice in today? Am I gonna be able to sing?' was, like, horrible. The day you stop doing a musical and you don't have to worry about that is bliss." Daniel Radcliffe hopes to keep his perfect attendance record intact as he prepares to return to Broadway in The Cripple of Inishmaan next week (12Apr14). He made his debut as a song and dance men in 2011 hit How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Actor Daniel Radcliffe is hoping to expand his movie resume by starring in a big screen musical. The Harry Potter star, who led the cast of Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, wants to take his singing talents to the movie theatre and admits he is interested in tackling a "bizarre musical movie" like John Turturro's Romance & Cigarettes.
He tells EW.com, "I would love to do a big film musical. I think when they're done right, they're incredibly exciting and fun and cool.
"Everyone thinks of the ones that come to mind immediately, like Grease and things like that, but what was that slightly bizarre but wonderful John Turturro film? Romance & Cigarettes. It's a bizarre musical, and I love weird, interesting, different stuff like that."
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."
("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.