How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Tickets
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, is the latest musical comedy hit on Broadway. This theatrical performance is based on Shepherd Mead’s book of the same name. Mead’s book was a best selling book of 1952. It was inspired by his personal experience of rising from a clerk to Vice President at an advertising agency. This book has been adapted into a 1967 film, as well as for Broadway West End and US National Tour productions. Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstocks and Willie Gilbert co-authored the book for the musical, which was directed by Burrows. Frank Loesser provided the music and the lyrics as well as co-produced the musical which premiered in 1961. It was a great success with both theatergoers and the critics. It ran for nearly 1500 Broadway performances and won eight Tony awards in the Musicals category, including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, Best Performance by a Featured Actor, Best Book, Best Direction, Best Conductor and Musical Director and Best Producers. It also won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Best Musical Award from the New York Drama Critics Circle .
It was revived on Broadway for another five hundred plus performances in 1995 and received four Tony nominations. Matthew Broderick starred as the male lead and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical . In its fiftieth anniversary, the musical has been revived once again for Broadway. It premiered at the Al Hirschfield Theatre this March. The opening night glittered with a collection of Broadway stars and legends like Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Anika Noni Rose and John Stamos.
The biggest attraction of the new show is Daniel Radcliffe, Mr. Harry Potter himself, who plays the lead role along with TV star, John Larroquette. Larroquete holds the prestigious Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for this particular performance. It is quite unbelievable that both are making their Broadway musical debuts with How to Succeed in a Business Without Trying. The director for this production is directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, who already has Tony and Emmy awards to his credit.
Radcliffe provides the star billing to the show as J. Pierrepont Finch, a young window cleaner with desire to rise to the top. Radcliffe’s performance is brilliant and he dances and sings all the way through his role. He is definitely on his way to become a theater superstar too. John Larroquette is brilliant as J.B. Biggley, Finch's boss and the president of the World Wide Wicket Company. Rosemary Pilkington, a secretary in the Company and Finch's love interest is played by newcomer Rose Hemingway with just enough sweetness and innocence. Rob Bartlett, Tamy Blanchard, Christofer J. Hanke and Mary Farber also star in major roles.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying tells the story of J. Pierpont Finch, who is relying on the advice given in a book. He rises from the mail-room and becomes Vice President of his company. He begins life as an individual unsatisfied with life. He follows the book's instructions to the letter, henceforth starts his phenomenal climb up the corporate ladder. His actions through out are ethically questionable if not outright illegal. He gets the better of all his enemies, including a very jealous nephew of the company’s president. Eventually the book runs out of advice and visions for Finch. He is left with no other option but to use his own brains.
Although coming from the era of the fifties, this performance doesn't show its age. It relies on the fact that corporate dynamics may change things but human nature and desire to succeed ruthlessly remains an instinct. As it should be with any musical, the best component of this performance is Frank Loesser’s score. The music blends seamlessly into the plot, and the lyrics are extremely witty and humorous. Loesser’s brilliance is clearly evident in hits as ‘ I believe in you ,’ ‘ Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm ’ and ‘ The Company Way. ’ For this musical the music is truly good. Performances are throughout sparkling with wit and humour. The fun of the psychedelic sixties is highly enjoyable from curtain rise to drop. The show runs for nearly two hours and forty five minutes with the first act, being considerably longer. The end of the showpromises and justifies How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Tickets as entertainment well spent for.
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