How to Succeed: Opening Night

Tonight marks the opening of the new Broadway revival of the 1962 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  Heading the cast and making his Broadway musical debut is Daniel Radcliffe as J. Pierrepont Finch.  Also headlining the cast is John Larroquette as boss J.B. Biggley.

Included also in the cast are Rose Hemingway, Robb Bartlett, Tammy Blanchard, Mary Faber, Christopher J. Hanke, Ellen Harvey, and Michael Park.

Originally opening on Broadway in October of 1961, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying details the story of J. Pierropont Finch who, with the aid of a book by the same name as the musical and some morally questionable actions, climbs the corporate ladder from window washer to Vice President of Advertisement at the World-Wide Wicket Company.  The show features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert.  It is based off a 1952 book by the same name, written by Shepherd Mead.

Harry Potter In Stunning 2D Action

Wait what’s that? A studio actually pulling back and not releasing a rushed 3D conversion? “Blasphemy!” you cry? Well you can’t blame ’em, considering all the blabber Warner Bros. undoubtedly heard about the The Last Airbender and Clash of the Titans‘s 3D conversions. I think that this is the right choice and will make a whole lot of audience members happy. Now if they can just hurry up and release that damn thing. Here’s the statement from Warner Bros. studios taken from Deadline:

Warner Bros Pictures has made the decision to release “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” in 2D, in both conventional and IMAX theaters, as we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window. Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey, and to that end, we are releasing our film day-and-date on November 19, 2010 as planned. We, in alignment with our filmmakers, believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate “Harry Potter” experience.

Producer David Heyman said, “For 10 years, we have worked alongside Alan Horn and the studio, whose priority has always been to preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling’s books as we have adapted them to the screen, and this decision reflects that commitment.”

Director David Yates continued, “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”

As scheduled, on July 15, 2011, we will deliver to conventional and IMAX theaters our final installment of the film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” in both 2D and 3D formats.

This is Miriam!

Chris’s Thespian of the Moment: Miriam Margolyes

A vast majority of people, unless they have been hiding in a closet for the past one-hundred years, should know of Miriam Margolyes. A vast majority of her work has been as supporting characters on television shows as movies. But Ms. Margolyes is much more than that. With her clever timing, brilliant character voices, and dirty jokes; Miriam is one of the most talented Thespians on Earth.

In film, she can be seen/heard in the 1985 version of Oliver Twist, Babe, Little Shop of Horrors, James and the Giant PeachMulan, Romeo + Juliet, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Her theatre performances include playing Madame Morrible in Wicked both on Broadway and as a part of the original West End Cast as well as being in the most recent West End revival cast of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. She also has performed on tour in her one woman show, Dickens’ Women.

Miriam Margolyes has, and continues to have, a marvelous career in all forms of media. Even so, I think that her essence can be summed up with the following quote: Upon being asked what she studied while at university, she replied, “Oral sex.”

I salute you, Miriam Margolyes.