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Christopher J. Hanke on Sending Up American Treasure Barbra Streisand in Buyer & Cellar

Christopher J. Hanke on Sending Up American Treasure Barbra Streisand in Buyer & Cellar

Buyer & Cellar star Christopher J. Hanke on paying tribute to Barbra Streisand in the solo show.

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First Look! See New Buyer & Cellar Star Christopher J. Hanke Getting Up Close & Personal with Babs

First Look! See New Buyer & Cellar Star Christopher J. Hanke Getting Up Close & Personal with Babs

Barbra Streisand has a brand new employee to toil away in her basement mall! Christopher J. Hanke is the newest star of Jonathan Tolins’ hilarious one-man show Buyer & Cellar, and we’ve got a first look at the star showing off Babs’ real-life book, My Passion For Design. Directed by Stephen Brackett, the solo show tells the story of Alex ...

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Patricia Wettig Joins National Tour of The Normal Heart; Full Cast Announced

Patricia Wettig Joins National Tour of The Normal Heart; Full Cast Announced

Patricia Wettig will join previously announced cast members, Christopher J. Hanke (How to Succeed), Patrick Breen (Next Fall) and Luke MacFarlane (Brothers & Sisters) in the upcoming national tour of the Tony-winning revival of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. The tour, helmed by Broadway co-director George C. Wolfe, begins at Arena Stage in Washington D.C., where it will run ...

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Christopher J. Hanke Joins Broadway Cast Members Patrick Breen and Luke MacFarlane in The Normal Heart Tour

Christopher J. Hanke Joins Broadway Cast Members Patrick Breen and Luke MacFarlane in The Normal Heart Tour

How to Succeed vet Christopher J. Hanke will join cast members from the 2011 Tony Award-winning revival of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart in the show’s upcoming national tour. The production, helmed by Broadway co-director George C. Wolfe, will begin at Arena Stage in Washington D.C., where it will run June 8 to July 29. Further casting will be ...

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Farewell, Finch! Darren Criss Takes His Final Bow in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Farewell, Finch! Darren Criss Takes His Final Bow in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
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Darren Criss wowed audiences in his Broadway debut as J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, but it’s time for the talented triple threat to head back to the Glee set. Criss took his final bow at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on January 22 along with original cast members Christopher J. Hanke (Bud Frump) and ...

Ugly Betty's Michael Urie Tapped to Play Bud Frump in How to Succeed

Ugly Betty's Michael Urie Tapped to Play Bud Frump in How to Succeed

Ugly Betty vet Michael Urie will make his Broadway debut as Bud Frump in the hit musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying beginning January 24, 2012. Urie is set for a six-month run (through July 1) alongside Nick Jonas as J.Pierrepont Finch and Beau Bridges as J.B. Biggley. Original star Christopher J. Hanke will remain ...

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Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #11: Sound Effects Fun, a Guide to the Jonas Brothers & More

Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #11: Sound Effects Fun, a Guide to the Jonas Brothers & More

Christopher J. Hanke is making backstage mischief with a tiny sound-effects machine in the latest episode of Frump Tower: Behind the Scenes at “How to Succeed” with Christopher J. Hanke (and Bud Frump). Our fun-loving video blogger challenges his How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying co-stars, including Rose Hemingway (Rosemary), to react instantly to canned laughter, fake gunshots ...

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Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #10: Hurricane Prep, Re-Casting How to Succeed With Pez Dispensers & More

Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #10: Hurricane Prep, Re-Casting How to Succeed With Pez Dispensers & More

He’s back! After a brief hiatus, Frump Tower: Behind the Scenes at “How to Succeed” with Christopher J. Hanke (and Bud Frump) has returned to Broadway.com, with our charming vlogger again sharing all the backstage fun at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, home of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In this action-packed episode, Hanke delights young aspiring ...

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James Franco Can't Do Everything, Elaine Paige Is a Cougar and Other Lessons of the Week

James Franco Can't Do Everything, Elaine Paige Is a Cougar and Other Lessons of the Week

After Hurricane Irene derailed Broadway for a couple of days, the Great White Way came back in full force with plenty of juicy news. Here’s our weekly round-up of the top lessons that this week’s news and features taught us. Enjoy...and have a great Labor Day!


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What's Up, Christopher J. Hanke? The How to Succeed Star on Daniel Radcliffe's Stamina, Finch vs. Frump and Why He Loves L.A.

What's Up, Christopher J. Hanke? The How to Succeed Star on Daniel Radcliffe's Stamina, Finch vs. Frump and Why He Loves L.A.

Broadway.com readers love How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying star Christopher J. Hanke, host of our popular Frump Tower vlog and top vote-getter in a recent poll asking which Broadway star you’d like to take to the beach. We figured that the dog days of summer would be a great time to chat with Hanke about why ...

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Weekend Poll Top Three: Ranking the Broadway Boys of Summer

Weekend Poll Top Three: Ranking the Broadway Boys of Summer

Heading into the dog days of summer, Broadway.com asked fans which of the Great White Way's hard-working hunks they'd most like to spend a day with at the beach. The votes are in, and a trio of Broadway boys earned the top spots.

1. Christopher J. Hanke (Bud Frump), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - 32%
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Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #9: Tony Night Scoop from the How to Succeed Cast Bus & After-Party!

Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #9: Tony Night Scoop from the How to Succeed Cast Bus & After-Party!

Before, during and after Broadway’s biggest night, our intrepid video blogger offers a fascinating inside look at the 2011 Tony Awards in part nine of Frump Tower: Behind the Scenes at “How to Succeed” with Christopher J. Hanke (and Bud Frump). Hanke takes his camera to vocal rehearsal of How to Succeed's big production number, “Brotherhood of Man” (including ...

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Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #8: Talk Show Madness, A Nick Adams Strip-Off & More

Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #8: Talk Show Madness, A Nick Adams Strip-Off & More

With awards season kicking into high gear, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying video blogger Christopher J. Hanke has his work cut out for him keeping up with all of the show’s many press events. In part eight of Frump Tower: Behind the Scenes at “How to Succeed” with Christopher J. Hanke (and Bud Frump), Hanke takes viewers ...

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Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #7: Tony Talk, Speaking Swedish With Ellen Harvey & More

Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #7: Tony Talk, Speaking Swedish With Ellen Harvey & More

In the week after the announcement of the 2011 Tony nominations, our video blogger chats with happy nominees John Larroquette and Tammy Blanchard in part seven of Frump Tower: Behind the Scenes at “How to Succeed” with Christopher J. Hanke (and Bud Frump). But that’s not all: Hanke gets lessons in Swedish from scene-stealing secretary Ellen Harvey (who is half ...

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Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #6: Raise a Glass at How to Succeed's Pimm's Cup Cocktail Party!

Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #6: Raise a Glass at How to Succeed's Pimm's Cup Cocktail Party!

It’s a busy week for our How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying video blogger, who shares his offstage and backstage comings and goings in part six of Frump Tower: Behind the Scenes at “How to Succeed” with Christopher J. Hanke (and Bud Frump). In honor of England’s royal wedding, the show’s British-born dance captain Sarah O’Gleby reveals a ...

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Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #5: Fan Mail Fun at How to Succeed

Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #5: Fan Mail Fun at How to Succeed

In the latest installment of Frump Tower, video blogger Christopher Hanke responds to his first fan letters and wanders the halls asking his co-stars about their own encounters with well-wishers. (Fun fact: There’s an entire room at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre set aside to hold the loot sent to show star Daniel Radcliffe!) Hanke even joins forces with co-star Mary ...

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Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #4: Celeb Impressions, Blanchard on Radcliffe & More!

Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #4: Celeb Impressions, Blanchard on Radcliffe & More!

In the fourth installment of Frump Tower: Behind the Scenes at “How to Succeed” with Christopher J. Hanke (and Bud Frump), our charming video blogger wanders the halls of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre for impromptu visits with How to Succeed co-stars Michael Park (Bert Bratt), Rob Bartlett (Mr. Twimble/Wally Womper) and Tammy Blanchard (Hedy La Rue). Listen in as ...

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Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #3: Secret Backstage Rituals at How to Succeed

Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #3: Secret Backstage Rituals at How to Succeed

Christopher J. Hanke explores the hidden world of backstage rituals in episode three of Frump Tower: Behind the Scenes at “How to Succeed” with Christopher J. Hanke (and Bud Frump). From “Dollar Friday” raffles and foam-rolling warm-ups to Rob Bartlett’s chicken sacrifice (kidding!), the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying thrives on routine, and our video ...

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Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #2: Secrets of Daniel Radcliffe's Dresser!

Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #2: Secrets of Daniel Radcliffe's Dresser!

In episode two of Frump Tower: Behind the Scenes at “How to Succeed” with Christopher J. Hanke (and Bud Frump), our intrepid video blogger chats with the people who know Broadway stars best: their dressers! Christopher J. Hanke corrals actress-turned-dresser Sandy Binion to get the scoop on Daniel Radcliffe (he loves Nerds candy, but don’t send him any), then chats ...

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Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #1: Opening Night at How to Succeed!

Frump Tower Starring Christopher J. Hanke #1: Opening Night at How to Succeed!

Broadway.com’s newest video blogger is ready to share backstage scoop at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in Frump Tower: Behind the Scenes at “How to Succeed” with Christopher J. Hanke (and Bud Frump). Appropriately enough, the star begins his series on opening night of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, showing off amazing first-night gifts (who knew there ...

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A Starry Opening Night Video at How to Succeed With Daniel Radcliffe, John Larroquette & More

A Starry Opening Night Video at How to Succeed With Daniel Radcliffe, John Larroquette & More

Spirits were high on the red carpet and black-tie opening night celebration for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. First-nighters such as Liza Minnelli, Sara Ramirez and David Hyde Pierce were excited to see the musical debut of stars Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, and the cast of Rob Ashford's irresistible revival shared their joy with Broadway.com ...

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Success! Inside the Celeb-Filled Black-Tie Opening of How to Succeed, Starring Daniel Radcliffe

Success! Inside the Celeb-Filled Black-Tie Opening of How to Succeed, Starring Daniel Radcliffe
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An A-list crowd donned black-tie on March 27 for opening night of Rob Ashford’s red-hot Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. After cheering the performances of Daniel Radcliffe, John Larroquette and the rest of the company, first-nighters headed to the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel for drinks and dinner ...

Squigs Salutes Daniel Radcliffe and the Stars of How to Succeed

Squigs Salutes Daniel Radcliffe and the Stars of How to Succeed

One of the Broadway’s most appealing musical characters is back in town, with Daniel Radcliffe stepping into J. Pierrepont Finch’s spiffy suits and bow ties in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Broadway.com resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson dropped by the World Wide Wicket Company (make that the Al Hirschfeld Theatre) to pen character portraits of Radcliffe ...

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Exclusive Photo and Video! How to Succeed Baddie Christopher J. Hanke on Bud Frump

Exclusive Photo and Video! How to Succeed Baddie Christopher J. Hanke on Bud Frump

All this week, Broadway.com is bringing you an exclusive look at the featured players in the new Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Harry Potter icon Daniel Radcliffe. Today, meet Christopher J. Hanke, who stars as Bud Frump. Check back for more buzz on Broadway's hottest new show!

About Bud Frump
“Schemer” doesn't ...

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Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke & More Join Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke & More Join Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Additional casting has been announced for the forthcoming Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Joining previously announced stars Daniel Radcliffe (J. Pierrepont Finch) and John Larroquette (J.B. Biggley) and previously reported star Rose Hemingway (Rosemary Pilkington) will be Tammy Blanchard as Hedy La Rue, Christopher J. Hanke as Bud Frump, Rob Bartlett as Twimble ...

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