How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – on Broadway

October 18, 2011

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

 Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser

How to Succeed in Business

I have to admit it – I wasn’t overly excited to see this production of “How to Succeed”.  It’s just not one of my all-time favorite shows.  It’s certainly not bad – not at all – but it’s just one that I don’t didn’t have a particular affinity for.

I had seen the last revival of it – back in 1995 (with Matthew Broderick and Ronn Carroll in the lead roles) and I had enjoyed it…but when I heard about this production (starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette) coming up, I just couldn’t get excited about it.  Nothing to do with the performers at all, just the show.

But then I had more than a few friends see it and tell me how wonderful it was.  Not only what a wonderful job all the performers turn in, but how the production numbers were phenomenal. After raves like that, I thought – I have to check it out.  And boy am I glad I did!

Having seen this one – I will never again be ‘iffy’ about seeing another production of “How to Succeed”  – ever again.  The cast was fantastic! John Larroquette – you play a cad like nobody’s business!  Daniel Radcliffe – by god, can you dance (!) and sell that quirky scheming, yet still remain endearing.  Christopher J. Hanke – I never thought I could enjoy the annoying, brown-nosing character of Bud Frump so muc.!  And the dance number for the song “Brotherhood of Man” – just exhilarating!

How to Succeed originally debuted in 1961 – and they keep the spirit of the 60’s alive in this current production with the use of a bright color palette and the fun costumes, of the women especially.  This is a very entertaining show and good fun for the whole family.  A few hours under the spell of this HTS and you’ll walk out of the theatre happy, energized and ready to tell your friends to go see it, too!

Al Hirschfeld Theatre
302 West 45th Street
between 8th and 9th Avenues
Open-ended run

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