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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

by Frank Loesser, Jack Weinstock, Abe Burrows and Willie Gilbert

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying




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.


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Composer

Composer and Lyricist
Frank Loesser

Librettist

Librettist
Jack Weinstock

Librettist

Librettist
Abe Burrows

Librettist

Librettist
Willie Gilbert



  • Premiere
  • 1995
  • 2010
  • 1967 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
46th Street Theatre
Opening Night
Oct 14, 1961
Total Performances
1,417
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 Design
Robert Randolph
Costume Design
Robert Fletcher
Lighting Design
Robert Randolph

1995 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

2010 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Opening Night
Mar 27, 2010
Total Performances
473
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
Rob Ashford
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

1967 Film Version

Movie Name
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
David Swift
Screenplay
David Swift
Starring
Robert Morse, Michele Lee, Rudy Vallee, Anthony 'Scooter' Teague, Maureen Arthur, John Myhers, Carol Worthington





CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
1995 Broadway Revival Cast Album

CD
2011 Broadway Revival Cast Album

CD
2012 Songs from the Musical Starring Nick Jonas


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD


Books

Book
Novel by Shepherd Mead


Other

Merchandise




1962 Pulitzer Prize Nominations

Pulitzer Prize for Drama

1962 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Author of a Musical
Best Actor in a Musical - Robert Morse
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Charles Nelson Reilly
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Conductor and Musical Director
Best Producer of a Musical
Best Composer

1995 Tony Award Nominations

Best Actor in a Musical - Matthew Broderick
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical

1995 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Matthew Broderick
Outstanding Musical

2011 Tony Award Nominations

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - John Larroquette
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Tammy Blanchard
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography
Best Orchestrations
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical

2011 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - John Larroquette
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Daniel Radcliffe
Outstanding Choreography

2011 Drama League Award Nominations

Distinguished Revival of a Musical
Distinguished Performance Award - John Larroquette
Distinguished Performance Award - Daniel Radcliffe

2011 Theatre World Award Nominations

Rose Hemingway
John Larroquette

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