From the composer of Guys and Dolls, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, returns to the London fringe in a brand new and exciting production.
Most recently seen on Broadway in 2011 in a production directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, which starred Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role of window- washer J.Pierrepont Finch, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying has not been seen in the West End since 1963, despite a number of fringe revivals. This new production will be revived at Wilton's Music Hall.
'How to Succeed...' is based on the book of the same name by Shepherd Mead and follows aspiring business executive J.Pierrepont Finch as he finds a copy of the book and uses it to guide his way up the slippery corporate ladder. Starting in the mailroom of the World Wide Wickets Company he uses the book to leapfrog over the boss's son Bud Frump to begin his ascent to the position of executive. He catches the eye of the impressionable Rosemary, who longs to be a suburban housewife, and is determined to make Finch her man. As office politics, sex, greed and corruption all come into play, Finch soon finds himself in hot water, leading to a number of hilarious consequences.
The musical originally ran on Broadway for 1,417 performances at the 46th Street Theatre in 1961 starring Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee. It won seven Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle award, and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A successful Broadway revival ran in 1995 starring Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally and later Sarah Jessica Parker.
Featuring a score by Frank Loesser ('Guys and Dolls') and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock & William Gilbert, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a memorable musical comedy. Featuring songs such as "Coffee Break", "Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm" and "Brotherhood of Man", this show gives 1950s office politics in a whole new perspective.