Daniel Radcliffe musical shaken by backstage death

By MARK KENNEDY | June 23, 2011 | 11:30 AM EDT

FILE - In this June 12, 2011 photo, Daniel Radcliffe, center, and the cast of "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" perform during the 65th annual Tony Awards in New York. New York City police are investigating the death of a stage carpenter on the Broadway show "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Police say they responded to a report of a 29-year-old male in cardiac arrest just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2011. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name was not released. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

NEW YORK (AP) — The musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" will go on as scheduled Thursday night, a day after the cast and crew were shaken by a death backstage that scrubbed a performance.

A stagehand was found dead Wednesday night just before the curtain was to rise for the 8 p.m. show at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Stars Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette announced the cancellation from the stage.

The producers said in a statement that the "incident was not caused by an accident related to the production." They said the cast, crew and theater staff mourn the loss of a member of their theatrical family.

Police say they responded to a report of a 29-year-old male in cardiac arrest. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name was not released.

Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, said an autopsy was pending. Bruce Cohen, a spokesman for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, declined to comment.

The show that was canceled was to be the show's 100th performance.

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