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Daniel Radcliffe Makes Broadway Return in ‘Cripple of Inishmaan’

Transfer of the successful West End production squeezes its way into a crowded Broadway spring

One last star-driven play has squeezed into a crowded Broadway season, with the Daniel Radcliffe-toplined production of “The Cripple of Inishmaan” locking in dates at the Cort Theater for an April opening.

Production, one of the shows on the initial London slate for the Michael Grandage Company, comes to Broadway after a successful West End run last year. Michael Grandage — the former topper of London’s Donmar Warehouse who exited the prominent subsidized theater to launch his own commercial producing entity — reprises his directorial duties.

Show elbows its way into a spring lineup on Broadway that’s already packed with big-name thesps vying for ticketbuyers’ attention, including Denzel Washington in “A Raisin in the Sun,” James Franco in “Of Mice and Men,” Neil Patrick Harris in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and Bryan Cranston in “All the Way.”

Team of producers on the Broadway incarnation of “Inishmaan” is led by the Grandage Company and Arielle Tepper Madover, the American producer whose frequent collaborations with Grandage included Broadway transfers of Donmar productions including “Red,” “Frost/Nixon” and the Jude Law starrer “Hamlet.”

“Inishmaan” will follow in the footsteps of Broadway’s current Shakespeare-in-rep stagings of “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III,” putting a significant chunk of tickets on sale for a low price. Producers of “Twelfth Night/Richard III” sold a quarter of their ticket inventory for $25; “Inishmaan” will sell 10,000 of its ducats for $27 a pop.

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The 1930s-set storyline of Martin McDonagh’s 1996 play centers on the inhabitants of a small Irish island stirred up by the news that a Hollywood movie is filming nearby. Radcliffe portrays the titular cripple, who dreams of appearing in the pic.

Radcliffe has previously appeared on Broadway in “Equus” in 2008 and in the 2011 revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Although the actor has a major following from his “Harry Potter” days, his name on a Broadway marquee doesn’t necessarily guarantee powerhouse sales: While “How to Succeed” was a strong B.O. performer, the darker, more adult-themed play “Equus” didn’t match up with his fanbase and just missed recoupment.

The rest of the cast of the Grandage Company’s “Inishmaan,” including Sarah Greene and Conor MacNeill, will reprise their roles alongside Radcliffe for the Broadway staging.

Along with Grandage Company and Tepper Madover, producers of “Inishmaan” include L.T.D. Prods., Martin McCallum, Stephanie P. McClelland, Stacey Mindich, Starry Night Entertainment and the Shubert Org.

New York production begins previews April 12 ahead of an April 20 opening. Limited run is set to finish July 20.

 

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