'How to Succeed' canceled after backstage overdose

Last night’s Broadway performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was canceled after a stagehand overdosed backstage and died, according to the New York Times. Police told the paper that the 29-year-old man — whose name is being withheld until his family can be notified — was found unconscious backstage just before the 8 p.m. show and pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. The cast and crew ultimately decided they couldn’t perform, and stars Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette apologized to the audience from the stage.


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  • concealo weapono

    BOO! QUITTERS! If Vince McMahon had been running that show, they would have been working that night! Just ask the Hart Family!

    (OK, thats a put on. Here are my true feelings…)

    It’s very sad this happened, and I totally understand everyone not performing. When you work in close proximity with people for any length of time, and you grow attached. They did the right thing by not going on that night. And very classy of Misters Radcliffe and Larroquette talking to the audience personally. My condolences go out to all affected by this.

    • Bob

      Grammar police: That would be Messrs. Radcliffe and Larrouquette.

  • andreeahealth

    The holidays offer fertility of opportunities as a service to overindulgence: wasteful dinners, tantalizing treats, etc. At times the charm can be obstructive to thwart – resulting in gala weight gain. But by implementing a practical heaviness demise strategy, losing those leave of absence pounds – and uniform lifetime clout jurisdiction – can be well within your reach.

    • Joe

      What?

      • Matt

        C’mon, Joe! Andrea just doesn’t want anyone to experience gala weight gain! Er….

  • Suncatcher

    Sorry the man died, but, whatever happened to “the show must go on?” Sending theater goers, already in their seats, home does not win many fans…

    • Kenny

      Seriously, are you an idiot? I’m guessing that most, if not all, of the cast and crew were friendly or friends with him. I’d like to see you get up on stage and perform what is supposed to be a very happy and uplifting show just minutes after a friend dies.

    • JenM

      It happened backstage just before the show was supposed to start. The cast was shaken up and they told the audience they weren’t going to be able to put on a good performance for them in light of what had just happened (and that wasn’t fair to people who paid a ton of money for tickets either). It stinks, but there wasn’t much anyone could do.

    • Lucy

      it’s all about sensitivity these days

    • Miss Fine

      You seriously need to start wearing a hat when you start catching as much sun as you do.

    • Bob

      You obviously don’t understand the relationship between cast and crew. It’s a team effort and many close bonds are formed between the two “worlds”. A show is not just what you see on stage. Now get out of the sun, I think it’s affecting your thought processes.

  • PJ

    I guess Spider-Man isn’t the most dangerous show anymore.

  • Ugh

    Very sad. I would hate to perform after a coworker died.

  • Amy

    The headline is very misleading. It makes it sound like the entire run has been canceled, rather than just one evening’s performance.
    My condolences to the stagehand’s family and a classy move by the cast to cancel the evening’s show.

    • Sal

      I thought the same thing! It’s a bit frustrating, though, to think that a stagehand was doing drugs when he was supposed to be working. And those that don’t live in or near NYC may not get another opportunity in the near future to see the show.

      • Addi

        I have 2 10 speed folding bikes that need some work but are otrhewise usable. If anybody wants them they are welcome. Otherwise I am going to throw them away. Accepting them gives you no obligation. If you later decide you don’t want them either pass them on to someone else or give them a decent burial.

  • Adalynn

    Why was this tagged as “Harry Potter” EW? I don’t think you should tag it as such just because Daniel R. is in it.

    • sanrac

      bahaha i didn’t notice that! i think everything should be tagged harry potter.
      how ridiculous.

    • Bob

      Because EW can’t get enough of the boy wizard.

  • Fred Sanford

    CONCEALO WEAPONO…..Holy tomoley was that funny. I’m just know recovering fromt he unconsciousness brought on by SERIOUS laughter. WELL MET.

  • Road Dawg

    Oh You didn’t know?

  • Candi

    Awwwww,I feel so bad:(

  • betsy

    I guess Spider-Man isn’t the most dangerous show anymore….@Jimmy,I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, GrabPenny.com

  • Dicazi

    “The show must go on”??? I feel sorry for people who feel that way. My sympathies to his family and co-workers.

    • Aashi

      / Actually, I still have yet to watch the latest PodNyne since I’ve just arivred in KSA from like almost a day’s length on a plane.And Fernando met J. Wong? Lucky dude.

  • Dicazi

    “The show must go on”??? Really?? Someone DIED. My sympathies to his family and co-workers.

  • Dicazi

    Great, first it doesn’t print at all; then it prints twice.

  • Nathan

    Doesn’t Harry know any spells that can reverse ODs? What was the point of going to that stupid school all those years?

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