I love John Larroquette. I was a big fan of “Night Court” in the 1980s and it was a great surprise to see him on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” He won a Tony Award for best actor in a musical and deservedly so. He was great. He’s extremely cool after the show, thanking fans for coming out to see the performance and happily signing everyone’s Playbills for the crowd, who are also there to get a glimpse of Larroquette’s “Business” co-star, Daniel Radcliffe. If you haven’t had the experience of seeing the musical and the Beatle-Mania after show activity, I highly recommend it. Happy birthday John!
Also born today: JFK, Jr., baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, actress Christina Applegate and actor Richardo Montalban.
Meet Broadway’s newest star – Christopher J. Hanke. In his short career, he’s performed in stage productions of “The Full Monty,” “Rent,” “Hair” and “Cry-Baby” and he’s currently co-starring in one of the biggest Broadway hits of 2011, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The musical revival features Christopher J. Hanke as the menacing bad guy Bud Frump acting along side Tony Winner John Larroquette and Daniel Radcliffe. He’s won rave reviews for his performance and he is poised to become Broadway’s next superstar. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ask the megastar in the making a few questions and as you read on, if you haven’t already fallen in love with Christopher J. Hanke, you will by the end of this article.
According2G: How do you prepare for performing in front of a live audience each night? Do you have any rituals/totems/good luck charms?
Christopher J. Hanke: I arrive at the theater about an hour before the show starts. By rule, we have to be there no later than a half hour, which is 30 minutes before curtain, but the more time in the theater, in my dressing room prior to a show, the more relaxed I am. A pre-show shower to wipe off my day is a must, as is my pre-show meal, eaten in my dressing room. Something smallish and usually healthy. I warm up and steam my voice. Actually not in that order, steam first, then warm up. I don’t have a good luck charm but I do have a planters rock from my one and only waiter job in NYC that sits at my dressing room table. It reminds me that when things get tough at work, I need to remember I could always be waiting tables.
A2G: What’s the first thing you do when you get off stage?
A revival of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” is now showing at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway in New York. The classic story follows window cleaner J. Pierpont Finch’s rise through the corporate ranks and as the title suggests, he succeeds in business – without really trying. The musical stars Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter), John Larroquette (who won a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical) and Christopher J. Hanke. The entire cast is fantastic and for the Harry Potter fans, you’ll see an entirely different side to Daniel Radcliffe. I’ve seen all the HP movies as well as Radcliffe’s Broadway debut in “Equus” a few years ago and he’s a very versatile actor. Though he never needs to work another day in his life, if he stays with acting, he’s going to have a great career ahead of him because he is so talented.
After most Broadway shows, you can wait by the stage door and meet the actors you’ve just seen perform. If you are planning on doing this for “How To Succeed…” be warned that the crowds outside waiting to catch a glimpse of Daniel Radcliffe are akin to footage you’ve seen of Beatle-Mania – and I am not even kidding! See how I fared, after the jump.