How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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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.

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Running time: 
2 hours (Including interval)
About How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying:

All Finch wants is to be more successful, to get ahead, to change the world for the better – is that really so difficult? Luckily Finch has a copy of the book ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’, teaching him everything he needs to know about the science of success. This anarchic, musical romp is jam-packed with sharp humour and has its tongue placed firmly in its cheek as it follows Finch’s rise from lowly window cleaner to Chairman of the board.

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert
Benji Sperring
Songs by:
Frank Loesser
Nic Farman
Mike Lees
Lucie Pankhurst
Cast list:
Marc Pickering (J Pierrepont Finch), Hannah Grover (Rosemary Pilkington), Lizzii Hills (Hedy LaRue) and Geri Allen (Smitty), Andrew C Wadsworth (JB Biggley), Maisey Bawden (Miss Jones), Daniel Graham (Bud Frump), Richard Emerson (Mr Twimble), Matthew Whitby and Nuwan Hugh Perera.
Other info:
musical direction by Benjamin Ferguson
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Saturday, 8 April, 2017
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 11 April, 2017
Available from: 
Saturday, 22 April, 2017
Saturday, 22 April, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 22 April, 2017

Wilton's Music Hall

1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB
Venue Box Office:
020 7702 2789
Nearest tube:
Tower Hill or Shadwell

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Customer reviews

Our Review

Despite being one of only nine musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Frank Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying has fallen by the wayside in London. With a number of modest fringe productions over the past few years, it has yet to be revived in the West End.

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Interview with How to Succeed in Business... leading man Marc Pickering
Monday, April 3, 2017

Yorkshire born actor Marc Pickering has picked up critical acclaim thanks to his chameleon-like performances in fringe musicals such as The Toxic Avenger at the Southwark Playhouse and The Stripper at The St James Studio. A highly talented comic actor, his next challenge is leading the cast of a new London production of the Tony Award-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying which runs at Wilton's Music Hall this Easter.

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