So, Anderson Cooper: scion of the Vanderbilts, respected journalist, silver fox, and he can sing? Well, maybe not — even though Cooper will be making a Broadway debut in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (with Daniel Radcliffe!), he's not going to appear on stage. That's because the show tapped him to be the narrator, also known as "Book Voice," a role Walter Cronkite filled in the previous revival.
In case you're unfamiliar with the show, it follows a young window washer named J. Pierrepont Finch (Radcliffe) who uses a book to climb the ranks at the World Wide Wicket Company without actually doing any work. Your faithful blogger was once in this show, as the whiny antagonist Bud Frump — whiny roles being my specialty in high school, for reasons I hope are totally unrelated to my actual personality — and I can assure you it's good fun and very '60s. (Think Mad Men but with songs and fewer sexual assaults — and actually, Mad Men's Robert Morse originated the role of Finch.)
So you won't get to see Cooper busting out a song-and-dance routine nightly, but you will get the pleasure of his velvety speaking voice. And I wouldn't say no to that.