Daniel Radcliffe Shares His Musical Childhood and “Hamilton” Opinions in “Merrily We Roll Along” Interviews
Daniel Radcliffe is currently starring in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway, and he’s recently granted plenty of interviews about his role in the production.
First up, CBS interviewed him and his fellow stars, Jonathon Groff and Lindsay Mendez, about being part of the revival of Merrily We Roll Along. They spoke briefly about the impact of Sondheim on their childhoods, all agreeing that his and other show tunes were perfect road trip music. Daniel admitted that growing up in England meant that he wasn’t as “steeped in” musical theater as his co-stars, but that he still grew up “loving it as well.”
Daniel also granted some less traditional interviews. Vanity Fair invited the Merrily We Roll Along cast for a lie detector test, which Daniel took first. He shared some truths throughout the interview, including that his favorite part of Hamilton is King George. He also revealed that he now believes he is a New Yorker since he’s lived in the city for a decade. To fans’ delight, he shared some of the weirdest news articles he’s read about himself, and he told his co-stars about his thoughts on the comparison between himself and Elijah Wood, saying that “conceptually we are the same.”
Daniel also got to do his second-ever puppy interview with BuzzFeed, admitting that it is “better than most interviews because most interviews don’t have puppies.” Daniel discussed some of the insecurities he had at the beginning of the production when Mendez and Groff would send video messages in their group chat, confessing that he would do several takes of his own video messages before sending them. The cast also spoke about their favorite memories so far, pre-show rituals, performing for celebrities, and cool gifts from fans. Additionally, Daniel was asked how he’s experiencing fatherhood, and he shared his confusion about how his baby never seems to sleep.
Merrily We Roll Along broke records in its opening week of previews – the show brought in a gross of $1.3 million, breaking the six-performance house record at the Hudson. Carrying an average ticket price of $225.07, it also broke the record for the highest average for the week ending September 24. The production was also the only one that completely sold out that week.
Are you hoping to catch the show during its run on Broadway, or have you already seen it?