Posts Tagged ‘Daniel Radcliffe’

The Spider Or The Potter

Last week saw yet another delay in the Spider-Man musical opening. ¬†Not only another delay but a new creative team was brought in to take control of the astronomical catastrophy (ok… I had to leave that… I honestly thought it was a -y and not catastrophe… this coming from someone who misspelled p-a-j-a-m-a-s in the 6th grade spelling bee ūüėČ ). ¬†Nine years in the making and in previews for months! ¬†I’ll say it again… sometimes it is best to leave things in the mediums they were meant to be. ¬†Comic books, cartoons, live action television (remember that?), movies… live theatre (?). ¬†By the time this mess is ever (IF ever) straightened out, it might be Spectacular to look at but will it mean anything beyond the $65 million dollar+ price tag? ¬†In any case, opening night has been pushed back to sometime in the next decade (or is it this summer).

In other theatre news, Daniel Radcliffe is in previews for his singing and dancing debut in the 50th anniversary revival of the Frank Loesser classic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. ¬†The show itself may be extremely dated but I was fortunate enough to see the last Broadway revival in the mid 1990s. ¬†It was a fun show that I could see being done in community theatres in my neck of the woods. ¬†Perhaps by the time the rights become available again, these theatres will not be so turned off from staging musicals more than once every two years or so ūüėČ

Why would a 21 year old straight from completing one of the most lucrative film franchises in history, choose such an undertaking? ¬†As I understand it, the former boy wizard wanted a real challenge. ¬†No dance experience, little vocal training, so maybe it was the name (KIDDING… I’d rather see a 50 year old revival than a NEW show that has been stuck in a rut for half a year with no end in sight no matter the premise). ¬†Break a leg, Dan!

Super Saturday

What a Super day! ¬†It began after game night with just a few of us late comers Friday night… more intimate but great fun as always. ¬†But today was a GREAT day. ¬†Went to see Harry Potter with my brother, nephew, niece, and new little friend. ¬†I must say I have a new favorite in the cinematic adventures and it was only the first half. ¬†It is definitely the most emotionally impactful entry as well as the most thrilling yet. ¬†Absolutely NOTHING was taken away from the absence of 3D (I even think that like Dan, himself it would have hindered it). ¬†The film crew made a marvelous decision on where to divide the two chapters… definitely the moment of highest dramatic tension.

After returning and hearing the the Buckeyes won their game against Iowa, I went to mass and then over for another gathering where some of us got to meet Alex Trebek, himself. ¬†I do enjoy Jeopardy! ¬†just not sure I enjoy it THAT much. ¬†Courtesy of Miss Mare, we celebrated the betrothal of Prince William and his Kate. ¬†We offered up any number of “proper English toasts” to not only the happy couple but also to the Queen, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, and several other British celebrities. ¬†Quite an entertaining evening if only one of us was not under the weather but the jukebox full of Beatles, the Who, Culture Club, Monty Python, and other Invaders made for quite the event. ¬†All while SOME of us insisted upon playing text tag (unfortunately, I could not as for some reason my signal keeps being lost in the gathering place).

Thanks everyone for a fun weekend!

The Singing Potter

Sunday night while watching the Tony Awards, Daniel Radcliffe was on stage, presenting some trophy (can’t remember which one… sorry). ¬†Filming just wrapped on the finale to the Harry Potter film series and as can be expected, there was a sense of sadness over the cast. ¬†I would imagine that young adults especially who have worked together side by side for half their lives would find it difficult to separate themselves. ¬†The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits theatres November 19th. ¬†The finale hits mutiplexes July 15, 2011.

Radcliffe is no stranger to the stage. ¬†Just over a year ago, he was on Broadway in a tale about a boy and his horse. ¬†As he was introduced Sunday night, it was announced that he would be appearing on stage in a revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. ¬†When I heard it, I thought it was a joke and dismissed it totally. ¬†Today, I read that he has indeed been cast in a new production of a 1961 musical that was last revived in 1995 when Matthew Broderick starred as J. Pierrepont Finch. ¬†This made me question how soon is too soon to revive a show. ¬†Or perhaps, it is a red herring much like the web-slinger’s much delayed debut.

I think it would be interesting to see if the wizard can sing and dance.

Viewus Potterius

I have been eagerly anticipating the premier of the newest Harry Potter film.¬† It was SUPPOSED¬† to be released last holiday season but for whatever the reason (most likely Daniel Radcliffe’s Broadway debut in a play about a boy and his horse… anyone for charades ūüėČ was postponed until today.¬† Last week when I learned that the movie would be showing at midnight at the nearest cinema I could find, I KNEW I would be there.¬† Sunday night, I asked Megan if she would like to come…Kwel she said.

So, I headed over and went to see what time the doors opened.¬† 11.30 so we still had 45 minutes to get there.¬† There were about five young’uns in line so no big deal.¬† We left Megan’s about 11.20. The doors were open and the two screening rooms were nearly full.¬† When we found two seats, we were surrounded by some fellow thespians who seemed to be dressed to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Before the movie began, I saw wands brandished with shouts of “Wingardium Leviosa,” “Viewus Potterius,” and other such whimsies.¬† FINALLY, 10 minutes¬† after it was supposed to begin, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince rolled.¬† I will not divulge too much only to say that the movie did not disappoint one bit!¬† Even the 2.5 hour length flew by.¬† I happened to glance at my watch and it read 2:15 (NO WAY).¬† Magical action, lots of humor, teenage angst aided by various love potions,¬† a few tears (especially if you are only acquainted with the movies and have not yet read the books), and QUIDDITCH (no matter how limited) helped make the young wizard and company’s return to the screen well worth the wait.¬† I have not read the sixth Potter novel in some time so I was surprised to find myself surprised by a few things I had forgotten… I Like that!¬† There was one scene in particular in which I knew something exciting was going to happen.¬† I kept waiting, and waiting.¬† I whispered to Megan: “Don’t jump.”¬† I let my guard down for¬† a millisecond and all of a sudden… “WHAM!”¬† I JUMPED! I love it when a director plays with his audience and at just the right moment gets you.¬† The adrenaline was palpable.

Like the book, the movie set up perfectly the climax of the series which will be divided into two films.¬† I don’t know that any singular book has ever been divided into two movies but I will definitely be there when the first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens.¬† I just cannot express the wonder and fun that both the books and movies bring.¬† Lots of fantasy, excitement, fun, the power of friendship and bravery in the face of mortal danger.¬† Life’s little lessons found in extraordinary places.¬† If you have never experienced either media form I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend doing so.¬† One minor quibble: on the Hogwart’s Express, Harry used something from Fred and George Weasley’s Joke Shop to turn himself invisible.¬† Did he not use his cloak in the book?¬† A minor detail.

Although getting to bed after 3AM and going to work from 12-9 made me a bit worn, it was worth every minute of sleep lost! I’m sure others had to be up earlier ūüėČ

A Boy And His Horses

In more Harry Potter related news, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry himself) will be making his Broadway stage debut on September 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Last year, he received rave reviews for his London stage debut in Peter Shaffer’s play, Equus. The story of Alan Strang, a rather disturbed young stable boy who has an unusual fixation with horses. However, the psychiatrist who attempts to must solve the mystery of Alan’s sexual and religious perversion has his own hidden psychological trauma. Incidentally, the psychiatrist will be played by Richard Griffiths who also plays the role of Harry’s eternally frustrated Uncle Vernon in the Potter films. A few words of warning to those who may think that the play will delight the young fans of the boy wizard (although “delight” may not be the most appropriate term). Equus is definitely NOT a play to introduce to young children. Its heavy adult themes and scenes are much too heavy perhaps even for some adult theatregoers.

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Death Returns To Hogwarts

Tonight while at work, a co-worker as me if I had heard the news about the stabbing death of Harry Potter in a brawl. WHAT?! I was shocked to say the least. She was not sure if it was true or not but she thought she saw the headline flash across the CNN ticker earlier today. Thank heaven she asked me this with 15 minutes before closing time, I do not think I could have withstood 8 hours not knowing if the report was true or not. Of course, this would not be the first time one of the actors in the franchise had met with tragedy. Prior to the theatrical release of the second movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Richard Harris who played Professor Albus Dumbledore passed away. Subsequently, Michael Gambon has played the role in the remainder of the films.

However, it was not Daniel Radcliffe himself. Another young actor named Robert Knox (who just completed filming his scenes as Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) was untimely struck down outside a London tavern over something as trivial as a cell phone. Senseless, tragic.

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-6)