After seeing ‘Harry Potter’s’ Daniel Radcliffe in the Broadway production of ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ it was hard to picture anyone else taking on the role of J. Pierrepont Finch, but ‘Glee’ star Darren Criss slipped perfectly into the part and carried on as if Radcliffe never left.
Now Criss has bid farewell to Broadway, but not before he sent out a heartfelt message of thanks to his fans and supporters who helped make his transition into Radcliffe’s role seamless. He posted a message on his Twitter account that read;
“Well, I made it back in one piece. What an incredible few weeks. It was the thrill of a lifetime!”
The cast of ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ now has another famous face taking on the role of J. Pierrepont Finch – Jonas Brothers band mate, Nick Jonas and Criss had nothing but positive things to say about the singer. He wrote;
“A very hearty congratulations to the amazing @nickjonas on his opening night for #HowToSucceed! I BELIEVE IN YOU, man! #GreenBowTies”
Criss had a connection to Radcliffe before meeting him as Darren played the role of ‘Potter’ in a production of ‘A Very Potter Musical’, prior to landing his part on ‘Glee’. Darren finally had a chance to meet with Radcliffe privately before he began his run with ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ and it was at that meeting that Daniel gave Darren his cell phone number. Radcliffe said;
“Somebody showed me a very doctored photograph of our meeting; there were no photographs at our meeting, so if that’s what people are interested in, they’re going to be disappointed. I had a lovely chat with him, talked about the show, I don’t really deign to give advice, but I gave him my number and same with Nick Jonas and said, you know, ‘Contact me if you’ve got anything to ask. I’m always around.’ I passed on a joke to him that Matthew Broderick gave to me which Robert Morse gave to Matthew Broderick. So that’s become sort of a legacy joke now, which is nice.”
Did you get a chance to check out Darren Criss as J. Pierrepont Finch in ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’? Do you think that Nick Jonas will be able to live up to Darren’s legacy? Leave us your thoughts.
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