Al Hirschfeld Theatre, (3/27/2011 - 5/20/2012)

First Preview: Feb 26, 2011
Opening Date: Mar 27, 2011
Closing Date: May 20, 2012
Total Previews: 30
Total Performances: 473

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Setting: The new Park Avenue office building of The World Wide Wicket Company, Inc., in New York City.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth: President; Paul Libin: Executive Vice President; Jack Viertel: Senior Vice President)

Produced by Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, Candy Spelling, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Hilary A. Williams, Jen Namoff/Fakston Productions, Two Left Feet Productions/Power Arts, Hop Theatricals, LLC/Paul Chau/Daniel Frishwasser/Michael Jackowitz and Michael Speyer-Bernie Abrams/Jacki Barlia Florin-Adam Blanshay/Arlene Scanlan/TBS Service; Associate Producer: StageVentures 2010 Limited Partnership

Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert; Music by Frank Loesser; Lyrics by Frank Loesser; Based on a book by Shepherd Mead; Music orchestrated by Doug Besterman; Musical Director: David Chase; Music arranged by David Chase

Directed by Rob Ashford; Choreographed by Rob Ashford; Associate Director: Stephen Sposito; Associate Choreographer: Christopher Bailey

Scenic Design by Derek McLane; Costume Design by Catherine Zuber; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Sound Design by Jon Weston; Hair and Wig Design by Tom Watson; Make-Up Design by Ashley Ryan; Associate Scenic Design: Shoko Kambara; Associate Lighting Design: Ryan O'Gara; Associate Sound Design: Jason Strangfeld

General Manager: Alan Wasser, Allan Williams and Mark D. Shacket; Executive Producer: Beth Williams; Company Manager: Penny Daulton

Production Manager: Juniper Street Productions; Production Stage Manager: Michael J. Passaro; Stage Manager: Pat Sosnow

Musical Coordinator: Howard Joines; Conducted by David Chase; Associate Conductor: Matt Perri; Reeds: Steve Kenyon, Lawrence Feldman and Mark Thrasher; Trumpets: Nicholas Marchione and Scott Wendholt; Trombones: John Allred and George Flynn; Horn: David Peel; Drums: Paul Pizzuti; Bass: Neal Caine; Guitars: Scott Kuney; Percussion: Erik Charlston; Harp: Grace Paradise; Piano/Synth: Matt Perri

Casting: Tara Rubin Casting; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Marketing: Type A Marketing and Anne Rippey; Website and Internet Marketing: Art Meets Commerce; General Press Representative: The Hartman Group; Dance Captain: Sarah O'Gleby; Photographer: Ari Mintz

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Opening Night Cast

John Larroquette
Broadway debut
J.B. Biggley
(Feb 26, 2011 - Jan 01, 2012)
Daniel RadcliffeJ. Pierrepont Finch
(Feb 26, 2011 - Jan 01, 2012)
Rob BartlettWally Womper
Twimble
Tammy BlanchardHedy La Rue
Mary FaberSmitty
(Feb 26, 2011 - Feb 26, 2012)
Christopher J. HankeBud Frump
(Feb 26, 2011 - Jan 22, 2012)
Ellen HarveyMiss Jones
Rose Hemingway
Broadway debut
Rosemary Pillkington
(Feb 26, 2011 - Feb 26, 2012)
Michael ParkMr. Bratt
Cameron AdamsKathy
Scrub Woman
Cleve AsburyMr. Ovington
Tanya BirlNancy
Anderson CooperThe Voice of the Narrator
Recorded voice only
Kevin CovertMr. Johnson
TV Announcer
Paige FaureScrub Woman
Miss Grabowski
David Hull
Broadway debut
Toynbee
Justin KeyesMr. Davis
Marty LawsonMr. Peterson
Barrett MartinMr. Andrews
(Feb 26, 2011 - Jan 01, 2012)
Nick MayoMr. Gatch
Stephanie Rothenberg
Broadway debut
Meredith
(Feb 26, 2011 - Feb 26, 2012)
Megan SikoraMiss Krumholtz
Joey SorgeMr. Tackaberry
Ryan WatkinsonMr. Matthews
Charlie WilliamsMr. Jenkins
(Feb 26, 2011 - Feb 26, 2012)
Samantha ZackLily

Swings: Erica Mansfield, Sarah O'Gleby and Michaeljon Slinger

Understudies: Cameron Adams (Rosemary Pillkington), Cleve Asbury (Mr. Twimble, Wally Womper), Rob Bartlett (J.B. Biggley), Kevin Covert (Mr. Twimble, Wally Womper), Paige Faure (Hedy La Rue, Miss Jones, Smitty), David Hull (J. Pierrepont Finch), Justin Keyes (Bud Frump, J. Pierrepont Finch), Erica Mansfield (Miss Jones), Nick Mayo (Bert Bratt), Michael Park (J.B. Biggley), Stephanie Rothenberg (Rosemary Pillkington), Megan Sikora (Hedy La Rue, Miss Jones, Smitty), Joey Sorge (Bert Bratt) and Charlie Williams (Bud Frump)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2011 Best Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, Candy Spelling, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Hilary A. Williams, Jen Namoff/Fakston Productions, Two Left Feet Productions/Power Arts, Hop Theatricals, LLC/Paul Chau/Daniel Frishwasser/Michael Jackowitz and Michael Speyer-Bernie Abrams/Jacki Barlia Florin-Adam Blanshay/Arlene Scanlan/TBS Service

winner 2011 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical [winner] 

John Larroquette

 2011 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Tammy Blanchard

 2011 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Rob Ashford

 2011 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Rob Ashford

 2011 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Doug Besterman

 2011 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Catherine Zuber

 2011 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Howell Binkley

Drama Desk Award

 2011 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, Candy Spelling, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Hilary A. Williams, Jen Namoff/Fakston Productions, Two Left Feet Productions/Power Arts, Hop Theatricals, LLC/Paul Chau/Daniel Frishwasser/Michael Jackowitz and Michael Speyer-Bernie Abrams/Jacki Barlia Florin-Adam Blanshay/Arlene Scanlan/TBS Service

 2011 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Daniel Radcliffe

winner 2011 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

John Larroquette

 2011 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Rob Ashford

 2011 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Rob Ashford

Theatre World

winner 2011 Award [recipient] 

Rose Hemingway

winner 2011 Award [recipient] 

John Larroquette

Songs

music by Frank Loesser; lyrics by Frank Loesser

ACT 1 Sung By
How to SucceedFinch and Company
Happy To Keep His Dinner WarmRosemary
Coffee BreakBud, Smitty and Company
Company WayFinch and Twimble
Company Way (Reprise) Bud and Company
Rosemary's PhilosophyRosemary
A Secretary Is Not a ToyBratt, Smitty, Bud and Company
Been a Long DaySmitty, Finch, Rosemary and Company
Been a Long Day (Reprise) Biggley, Bud and Hedy
Grand Old IvyFinch and Biggley
Paris OriginalRosemary, Smitty, Miss Krumholtz, Miss Jones and the Secretaries
RosemaryFinch and Rosemary
Act I FinaleFinch, Rosemary and Bud
ACT 2 Sung By
Cinderella DarlingSmitty and the Secretaries
Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm (Reprise) Rosemary
Love From a Heart of GoldBiggley and Hedy
I Believe in YouFinch and Men
Pirate DanceCompany
I Believe in You (Reprise) Rosemary
Brotherhood of ManFinch, Miss Jones, Wally Womper and Men
FinaleCompany

Reviews


New York Daily News: "Daniel Radcliffe doesn't quite succeed"

There are times when a wizard has to try to cast new spells.

Three years ago, "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe came to Broadway for "Equus" and proved himself a solid dramatic actor.

His current transformation into a song-and-dance man isn't quite so convincing in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

Making his first foray into musical comedy and stepping into a part made famous by Robert Morse, Radcliffe is a likable but very boyish presence. He shows off a pleasant singing voice as corporate climber J. Pierrepont Finch, but he's waxen and not animated enough to make Finch soar. His take on his character's personal pep talk, "I Believe in You," emerges dispiriting.

Still, director-choreographer Rob Ashford's production is bright, cheerful and energetic, that's for sure. But at times its supersized mentality and occasionally garish qualities compete with the sleek and sophisticated brilliance of the material.

Based on Shepherd Mead's best-seller, this 1962 Pulitzer Prize winner is peerless in its topical satire on corporate America, a world in which a window washer like Finch can end up in the executive suite with a little conniving.

Frank Loesser, in his last Broadway hit, was in top form when he wrote the show. The songs are gems, from the cautionary "A Secretary Is Not a Toy" to the cheery "Been a Long Day."

Ashford made his Broadway directing debut last year with "Promises, Promises." He's better known as a choreographer and has filled the show with big production numbers.

His dances are muscular, athletic and can be a little excessive. "Company Way," in which mailmen move like automated postal machines, is just plain wonderful. But when secretaries tap-dance and furiously kick file cabinets in "Cinderella Darling," it's steno pool on steroids.

The show is packed with stunning visuals. Scenic designer Derek McLane has filled the stage with towering honeycomb panels that constantly change colors. And Catherine Zuber seems to have found inspiration for her vivid costumes in a Chiclets box.

The supporting cast lend colorful support. "Night Court" alum John Larroquette is terrific as the grumpy, slightly befuddled president of the company. Newcomer Rose Hemingway makes a sweetly perky Rosemary, Finch's love interest.

Tammy Blanchard is devilishly sexy and funny as the battleship-shaped bombshell Hedy La Rue — a role that recalls "Mad Men's" Joan.

The cast also includes Christopher J. Hanke as Finch's nemesis, Bud Frump;  Michael Park, as company man Mr. Bratt, and Anderson Cooper as the disembodied voice that guides Finch up the corporate ladder.

The show has one of the best finales ever with "Brotherhood of Man," a number in which all the stops are pulled. At last we see Radcliffe cut loose with the rest of the company in this rousing celebration.

If only the rest of this "How to" had climbed to such exuberant and dizzying heights.


New York Daily News
03/28/2011

New York Post: "Show's good, clean fund"

Daniel Radcliffe is so adorable in his Broadway musical debut, you just want to pinch his cheeks. It's not just his youth -- the "Harry Potter" star is 21 -- but the endearing amount of dedication and enthusiasm he pours into steering the new revival of "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

"This boy is the eagerest beaver of them all," observes a secretary named Smitty (Mary Faber). She's talking about Radcliffe's character, J. Pierrepont Finch, but she might as well be describing the actor. He really exerts himself as an ambitious, manipulative striver who, contrary to the title, climbs the corporate ladder by trying hard -- at outwitting the competition.

After "Equus," Radcliffe aims to establish himself as a quadruple threat: He acts, sings, dances and delivers a perfectly fine American accent. The effort put into the performance is noticeable -- you feel the hours of rehearsal, especially during the dance numbers – and it'll be interesting to revisit the show in a few weeks, when he's relaxed into the role.

Rob Ashford has surrounded his novice lead with a zesty production of Frank Loesser's tuner. After "Promises, Promises," the director-choreographer returns to the 1960s with tighter results. The dancing is both lively and ingenious -- in the mambo "Coffee Break," caffeine-deprived employees stagger like horror-movie zombies.

Derek McLane's modular, cell-based set suggests a modernist hive in which worker bees battle each other for promotions. The more incompetent they are, the sneakier they act to please the big boss, J.B. Biggley (John Larroquette, making a swell Broadway debut). The worst of the lot -- and Finch's envious rival -- is Biggley's nephew, Bud Frump (the wickedly funny Christopher J. Hanke).

While the men buzz about self-importantly, the women provide support as secretaries and girlfriends -- this isn't a feminist kinda show, and unfortunately, the female leads overcompensate.

As Rosemary Pilkington, who sets her cap for Finch, Rose Hemingway is overly brash, as if to prove she's no pushover, even as she sings "Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm." Meanwhile, Tammy Blanchard plays foxy airhead Hedy La Rue as if she were permanently tipsy, swaying in an invisible breeze.

Happily, it's not long before Radcliffe is back, front and center. His glare, fixed in concentration, adds an interesting menace to "I Believe in You," and it's giddy fun to watch him shake his little tush in "Brotherhood of Man."

Welcome to the wonderful world of musicals, Daniel. We hope you'll stick with it.


New York Post
03/27/2011

USA Today: "Daniel Radcliffe succeeds in 'Business'"

It's an old showbiz rule that a performer should never make his job look like work. But there are times when it's great fun to watch an actor, particularly a famous one, rise to an obvious challenge.

The 21-year-old screen veteran already proved his stage worthiness in a 2008 revival of the psychological melodrama Equus. But this 1961 Frank Loesser musical requires a different set of skills, and not just the ability to sing and dance.

How to Succeed — even more than Loesser's masterwork, Guys and Dolls — relies on the audience's willingness to embrace its often bumbling characters and their specific (and at this point, dated) world. Old-fashioned musical comedy of this nature demands a breezy joyousness that can actually be a lot harder to achieve than it looks.

If Radcliffe doesn't provide a study in loosey-goosey virtuosity, he certainly captures and savors the joy. The role of J. Pierrepont Finch, a window washer turned corporate con artist who flatters and schemes his way to the top in early 1960s Manhattan, accommodates a certain self-consciousness. Addressing the executives who will speed along his ascent at the World Wide Wicket Company, this young Finch speaks rapidly and purposefully, so that we always see the wheels spinning behind his schoolboy smile.

But as complications arise — many involving Finch's pompous, philandering boss, J.B. Biggley, and Biggley's weaselly nephew/employee, Bud Frump — Radcliffe relaxes enough to revel in the controlled chaos. He also reveals, in the musical numbers, a serviceable tenor and sufficient rhythmic savvy to handle Loesser's jaunty, jazz-tinged score.

The orchestra, under David Chase's direction, serves that score ravishingly, and director/choreographer Rob Ashford guides the onstage proceedings with similar stylishness and exuberance. The production numbers are full of high-spirited, period-perfect humor, enhanced by Catherine Zuber's eye-candy costumes. Radcliffe sports a blazing turquoise bow tie, while the female principals and chorus are decked out in a parade of bright pastels.

Pink is the color favored by Finch's love interest, the sweetly feisty secretary Rosemary Pilkington, who via newcomer Rose Hemingway becomes this season's most adorable and vivacious ingénue. Tammy Blanchard also shines as Biggley's dimwitted mistress, bringing sassy swagger and comic panache to the bimbo role.

John Larroquette's Biggley is less of an instant hit, showing even more of a tendency to rush through lines than Radcliffe does, though with less obvious character-based incentive. But Larroquette grows funnier and more lovable as the show progresses, and manages an endearing chemistry with the considerably younger (and shorter) leading man.

In fact, Radcliffe ultimately succeeds not by overshadowing his fellow cast members, but by working in conscientious harmony with them — and having a blast in the process.


USA Today
03/27/2011

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Al Hirschfeld Theatre

(3/27/2011 - 5/20/2012)
Assistant Co. Mgr: Katrina Elliott, Cathy Kwon.

Assistant Stage Mgr: Shannon Hammons; Production Stage Manager: Kristen Harris; Stage Manager: Glynn David Turner; Assistant Stage Mgr: Jeff Siebert.

Drums: Larry Lelli; Bass: Michael Blanco; Associate Conductor: Lawrence Goldberg(Feb 7, 2012 - Mar 11, 2012); Piano/Synth: Lawrence Goldberg(Feb 7, 2012 - Mar 11, 2012).

Assistant Dance Captain: J. Austin Eyer, Charlie Williams(May 8, 2012 - May 20, 2012).

Cast

Timothy J. Alex
Mr. Tackaberry
Beau Bridges
J.B. Biggley (Jan 3, 2012 - May 20, 2012)
Holly Ann Butler
Miss Grabowski
Scrub Woman
Abby Church
Kathy
Scrub Woman
Darren Criss
J. Pierrepont Finch (Jan 3, 2012 - Jan 22, 2012)
Paige Faure
During Tammy Blanchard's hiatus
Hedy La Rue (Nov 29, 2011 - Dec 18, 2011)
Sara Jean Ford
Smitty (Feb 28, 2012 - May 20, 2012)
Taylor Frey
Toynbee
Mr. Matthews
Patty Goble
Miss Jones
Robert Hager
Mr. Davis
Rose Hemingway
Rosemary Pillkington (May 1, 2012 - May 20, 2012)
Nick Jonas
J. Pierrepont Finch (Jan 24, 2012 - May 20, 2012)
Shannon Lewis
Miss Krumholtz
Synthia Link
Meredith (Feb 28, 2012 - Apr 29, 2012)
Andrew Madsen
Broadway debut
Mr. Andrews (Jan 3, 2012 - May 20, 2012)
Colt Prattes
Mr. Matthews
Stephanie Rothenberg
Rosemary Pillkington (Feb 28, 2012 - Apr 29, 2012)
Meredith (May 1, 2012 - May 20, 2012)
Charlie Sutton
Mr. Jenkins (Feb 28, 2012 - May 6, 2012)
Toynbee (May 15, 2012 - May 20, 2012)
Michael Urie
Bud Frump (Jan 24, 2012 - May 20, 2012)
Charlie Williams
Mr. Jenkins (May 8, 2012 - May 20, 2012)



Understudies: Timothy J. Alex (Bert Bratt), Cleve Asbury (J.B. Biggley), Tanya Birl (Smitty), Holly Ann Butler (Hedy La Rue, Miss Jones, Smitty), Abby Church (Rosemary Pillkington), Robert Hager (J. Pierrepont Finch, Bud Frump), Shannon Lewis (Hedy La Rue), Synthia Link (Rosemary Pillkington), Nick Mayo (Bud Frump), Stephanie Rothenberg (Rosemary Pillkington), Charlie Sutton (J. Pierrepont Finch).


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