'Glee' actor Darren Criss in talks to replace Daniel Radcliffe in 'How to Succeed in Business'
Glee star Darren Criss is in talks to succeed Daniel Radcliffe as the lead in the Broadway musical revival How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, according to Criss’ rep. (Deadline first reported the news.) If a deal is struck, Criss would replace the Harry Potter star — who plays the corporate ladder-climbing J. Pierrepont Finch — during a three-week stint from Jan. 3 to Jan. 22. As a result, Criss would reportedly miss shooting an episode and a half of Glee.
Before playing Glee‘s gay heartthrob Blaine Anderson, Criss first garnered attention in 2009 thanks to the Harry Potter parody A Very Potter Musical. Criss co-wrote the music and lyrics while attending the University of Michigan, and starred (and sang) as the titular teenage wizard. Once the stage musical was posted on YouTube, it became a viral smash. And so, in a roundabout way, the 24-year-old actor is particularly qualified to take over for Radcliffe, who’ll return to making movies once his commitment to How to Succeed in Business ends in January. Criss can next be seen in Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, which hits theaters on Aug. 12.