Daniel Radcliffe: Entertainment Weekly's entertainer of the year
Daniel Radcliffe is Entertainment Weekly's 2011 entertainer of the year. But he didn't land the honor just for appearing in the final installment of the bajillion-dollar-grossing "Harry Potter" films. It took a crossover into musical theater to push him to the top.
Radcliffe is starring in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" with John Larroquette. The Tony Award-winning production recently celebrated its 250th show on Broadway.
The stretch into musical theater has paid off well for Radcliffe. Though he didn't earn any Tony nominations himself, he received (mostly) positive reviews and was also named MTV's "Actor We're Most Thankful For" in 2011.
Times theater critic Charles McNulty wasn't a fan of the production, but he had nothing but praise for the star's efforts, writing, "Radcliffe gets an A for effort, but he doesn’t have the theatrical stature to pull together this choppy production."
But the time to see the entertainer of the year live is drawing short. Radcliffe will be leaving the production on Jan. 1. He'll be replaced for three weeks by "Glee's" Darren Criss, and then Nick Jonas will take over the role for six months, beginning Jan. 24. Michael Urie from "Ugly Betty" and Beau Bridges will also be joining the production next year.
But Radcliffe isn't leaving his connection to live theater at "How to Succeed." Next up for the actor is a big-screen adaptation of "The Woman in Black," which is the second-longest-running play in London's West End.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Daniel Radcliffe celebrates "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying's" 250th show. Cindy Ord / Getty Images