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A new London production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical comedy How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying will run at Wilton's Music Hall from 8 to 22 April 2017, with an official opening on 11 April.
The musical first debuted on Broadway in 1961 and has since frequently been enjoyed on the London fringe. Featuring a score by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows it charts the journey of J. Pierrepont Finch as he joins the World Wide Wicket Company, climbing his way to the top in New York City and features the songs "I Believe In You", "Brotherhood of Man" and "Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm".
"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."
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.
The cast will include Marc Pickering (J Pierrepont Finch), Hannah Grover (Rosemary Pilkington), Lizzii Hills (Hedy LaRue) and Geri Allen (Smitty) with further casting to be announced.
It will be directed by Benji Sperring with design by Mike Lees, musical direction by Benjamin Ferguson, choreography by Lucie Pankhurst and lighting design by Nic Farman.
Wilton’s Music Hall is a Grade II listed building and the oldest Grand Music Hall in the world, situated in east London. Tickets for the production are now on sale.