FACTS ABOUT HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING:
Opened: Original Broadway Production - 14 October, 1961; 2011 Broadway Revival - 27 March, 2011
Genre: Musical Comedy
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Director: Rob Ashford
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Music and Lyrics By: Frank Loesser
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Book By: Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert
Broadway Theatre (2011 Revival): Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Tony Award Nominations (2011 Revival): 8
Tony Awards Won (2011 Revival): 1
Notes: Original Broadway production also received 8 Tony nominations.
Climbing from the mail room to the executive office is a tale as old as the mail room itself, and is one few do better than the satirical musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The musical is the story of window-washer J. Pierrepont Finch, who goes from the scaffold outside to the board room of the World Wide Wicket Company, and almost back again. He rises to greatness with advice from the book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Along the way he romances nice secretary Rosemary Pilkington and avoids the traps laid for him by the boss's nephew Bud Frump.
The musical is based on the 1952 book of the same name by Shepherd Mead. It opened October 14, 1961 at what was then the 46th Street Theatre, still in operation today as the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Almost all of the show's dance numbers were the work of noted choreographer Bob Fosse, though he accepted a "musical staging" credit in order to spare credited choreographer Hugh Lambert's career after Lambert was unable to complete work on the show. The original Broadway production earned 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and also won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It closed after 1,417 performances.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying returned to Broadway in a 1995 revival that ran for 548 performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. This revival featured newscaster Walter Cronkite in a pre-recorded performance as the voice of the book.
The 50th anniversary of the original Broadway show ushered in the 2011 revival, staring Daniel Radcliffe as Finch and John Larroquette as Finch's boss, J.B. Biggley. Larroquette took home a Tony Award for his performance. The production received 8 Tony nominations in 2011, including Best Revival of a Musical. Fifty years after it first satirized climbing the corporate ladder, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is just as relevant, and humorous, today.
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