By Nick Romano
June 06, 2018 at 11:00 AM EDT
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This isn’t fake news. Daniel Radcliffe has performed in Broadway revivals of Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and starred in previously shown plays like The Cripple of Inishmaan. Now, he’s landed his first original Broadway role in the world premiere of the new play The Lifespan of a Fact.

Directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (2014’s Violet), the production is based on the book of the same name by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal that tells the story of D’Agata’s essay about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley, “What Happens There.” Radcliffe will play Fingal, the fact-checker assigned to D’Agata’s piece. The Harry Potter veteran will be joined by Cherry Jones as Jim’s boss and Bobby Cannavale as D’Agata.

“And now, Jim Fingal has a huge problem,” the show’s official description reads, “John made up some of his article. Well, a lot of his article. OK, actually, maybe the majority of it? What starts professional quickly becomes profane as one question rises to the surface: Can Jim Fingal ever just shut the fact up?”

Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell wrote The Lifespan of a Fact, which will begin a limited 16-week string of performances on Sep. 20 at New York’s Studio 54. Opening night is set for Oct. 18.

Jeffrey Richards, Norman and Deanna Twain, Will Trice, Barbara Freitag, Eric Falkenstein, Carl Moellenberg/Wendy Federman, Ken Greiner, Van Kaplan, and Caiola Productions are producing the play for Broadway. The additional creative team will be announced at a later time.

More information on the show, including how to get tickets, can be found at The Lifespan of a Fact‘s website.

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