So today I learned of probably one revival that could definitely be unique in that it has the talent, but does it have what it takes to “succeed”? It is Daniel Radcliffe in How to succeed in business without ever really trying. I absolutely loved this show with Robert Morse and have quoted it and shown songs like “I Believe In You” in different posts in this blog. When I heard that Anderson Cooper would be playing the voice over for the narrator I was a bit excited, but when they told me Daniel Radcliffe “Harry Potter” would be playing the lead I sort of became curious about the show and if I still wanted to see it. It isn’t because of Daniel, he is amazingly talented, it is just his thick accent performing the part of the main character in the show and if it could actually work.
Sure he was great in the Harry Potter movies and everyone went crazy when he did a show that was slightly off color, but singing in a main stream broadway musical? Do you honestly think this is good? Daniel Radcliffe has done a lot for the theatre community and he has always been supportive of the gay community with his video for the trevor project. I really appreciate everything he has done, but I really don’t think I could get myself to pay to actually have to sit through him singing in How to succeed in business without every really trying. I also thought that bringing Anderson Cooper in to do the narrator’s voice would have been good, especially because of his presence on the news and knowing how to work a mic. Unfortunately when I watched the recording on Daniel’s site it was not exactly the caliber I was hoping for from Anderson. There was no life or inflection or tone in his voice. It was bland and sort of boring at best. Take away the looks of Anderson and his facial expressions and you lose the effect of his voice. Thank god they have access to professional recording studio equipment and they can add the tones and inflections back into his voice.
I really hate being negative, especially when I have never even seen them in the show but I don’t think I could actually convince myself to spend money and see Daniel Radcliffe in How to succeed in business without ever really trying. I am curious enough to see it, but at the same time there are a lot of other new shows and revivals that I would want to see first. It is a good show and I know a bunch of people who are excited to see Daniel Radcliffe in how to succeed in business without ever really trying, but unfortunately I won’t be one of the people spending money on a ticket to this show.
If you do end up going and seeing Daniel Radcliffe in how to succeed in business without every really trying, feel free to come back here, comment and let us know how it is. It could have just been a really bad recording of Anderson trying to act and Daniel is an extremely talented actor so maybe they will pull it off. For now though, I have no desire to spend the money on a broadway ticket to see Daniel Radcliffe in how to succeed in business without ever really trying. My friends are going to see it though so hopefully they will love it and tell me it is worth giving up a better show for this one. Unless that happens and they convince me to buy a ticket and miss a different show, I wish Daniel Radcliffe the best of luck in his new show, the revival of How to succeed in business without ever really trying. It actually should be a good one to see.