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Inspired by the book by Shepherd Mead, this is a silly, campy musical about climbing the corporate ladder.

Story: Finch is a window washer who finds a book called "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," which he uses to get a job at World Wide Wickets and move up in the company. Frump, a co-worker he left behind on the way up, tries to sabotage Finch as he gets higher and higher in the organization, but in the end Finch is forced to make a few choices without the help of his book.

Cast and Creative Team

Composer and Lyricist: Frank Loesser
Librettist: Jack Weinstock, Abe Burrows and Willie Gilbert

Broadway Premiere
Theatre: 46th Street Theatre
Opening Night: Oct 14, 1961
Total Performances: 1417
Original Cast: Robert Morse, Rudy Vallee, Bonnie Scott, Virginia Martin, Charles Nelson Reilly, Ruth Kobart, Sammy Smith and Donna McKechnie
Director: Abe Burrows
Choreographer: Bob Fosse
Producer: Feuer & Martin
Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence
Orchestrations: Robert Ginzler
Scenic and Lighting Design: Robert Randolph
Costume Design: Robert Fletcher

Broadway Revival
Theatre: Richard Rodgers Theatre
Opening Night: Mar 23, 1995
Total Performances: 548
Original Cast: Matthew Broderick, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Ronn Carroll, Victoria Clark, Jonathan Freeman, Luba Mason, Megan Mullally, Gerry Vichi, Lillias White
Director: Des McAnuff
Choreographer: Wayne Cilento
Producer: Dodger Theatricals, Kardana Productions, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Nederlander Organization
Musical Director: Ted Sperling
Orchestrations: Danny Troob
Scenic Design: John Arnone
Costume Design: Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design: Howell Binkley

Broadway Revival
Theatre: Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Opening Night: Mar 27, 2010
Original Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, John Larroquette, Rose Hemingway, Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke, Rob Bartlett,, Mary Faber, Ellen Harvey, Michael Park, Cameron Adams, Cleve Asbury, Tanya Birl, Kevin Covert, Paige Faure, David Hull, Justin Keyes, Marty Lawson, Erica Mansfield, Barrett Martin, Nick Mayo, Sarah O'Gleby, Stephanie Rothenberg, Megan Sikora, Michaeljon Slinger, Joey Sorge, Matt Wall, Ryan Watkinson, Charlie Williams and Samantha Zack
Director and Choreographer: Rob Ashford
Producer: Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, Candy Spelling, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Two Left Feet Productions/PowerArts, Jen Namoff/Fakston Productions, Hilary A. Williams, Larry Kaye/Paul Chau/Daniel Frishwasser/Michael Jackowitz, Michael Speyer-Bernie Abrams/Jacki Florin-Adam Blanshay/TBS Service
Musical Director: David Chase
Orchestrations: Doug Besterman
Scenic Design: Derek McLane
Costume Design: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Design: Howell Binkley
Sound Design: Jon Weston

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