John Larroquette cannot believe that it took him till he was 63 to make his Broadway debut. The five-time Emmy champ is featured in the rialto revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” as the bumbling boss who falls under the spell of a neophyte employee played by “Harry Potter” himself Daniel Radcilffe.
While the show reaped eight Tonys nods, including one for Larroquette, Radcliffe was left off the list. The veteran actor says he was impressed by the way in which the young star handled the snub hailing the nominations for Larroquette and co-star Tammy Blanchard as well as all the recognition for the creative team.
Though this may be the first Tony bid by Larroquette, he won four consecutive Emmys for his supporting role as the buffoonish prosecutor on the comedy “Night Court” beginning in 1985 before bowing out of that race. A decade later, he took home the Guest Drama Actor award for a change-of-pace part as a cold-blooded killer on “The Practice.”
In our interview, he spoke about the double-edged sword of playing an iconic part like Dan Fielding on “Night Court.” He says he will be forever grateful to writer/producer David E. Kelley for giving him the chance to try something so different on both “The Practice” and “Boston Legal.”
Among our pundits, Larroquette is leading in the Featured Musical Actor race. While he would welcome a win, the actor says his reward has come with the reception he and the rest of the cast receive each night. He admitted to having been nervous to take on a role that required him to sing and dance but, with the encouragement of his wife of 35 years Elizabeth, he decided to take the chance. Now, Larroquette says, he is looking for his next Broadway role, perhaps in a classic comedy.