How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway Review)

Greetings from Manhattan! My name is Danielle, I am another one of New York Guest’s hotel concierges. I have been a hotel concierge for 3 years and love helping people discover exciting New York City! When it comes to seeing shows, I’m the best audience member and I’m always pulling for the cast like a stage mom. Now if a show’s a stinker then there’s only so much I can like about it, but normally there’s some redeeming quality or something that I can appreciate.  Like The Pirate Queen. That show was a hot mess but they had FANTASTIC costumes!! And the interaction amongst the queens was wonderful. Great elements of the show they just didn’t go all together.

Also, I’m a straight shooter. I’m great at prescribing shows for anyone’s interest even if they’ve never seen a Broadway show. There are so many choices and interests– Broadway and Off-Broadway are really for everyone.

I was lucky enough to see a preview of the brand new Broadway show How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Tuesday, March 8 2011.  I loved it!!

You might have heard of this show before since this is the third time the show has played on Broadway. The original run was back in 1961-1965 when it ran for a whopping 1,417 performances during which the show won 7 Tony Awards and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Then in 1995 How To Succeed… came back to rave reviews with Broadway favorite Matthew Broderick, who also won a Tony for his performance. And now the show is back! In the role J. Pierrepont Finch is Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe who plays opposite Emmy Award winning actor, John Laroquette in the role of J.B. Biggley.  Radcliffe did an exceptional job in the show Equus last year, so I was really glad to see him back on stage.

The Marquis at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre

The costumes were fantastic very vibrant, beautiful color palette of teals, lavender, rose, mint green and so 60’s!!
The Costume Designer must have been inspired by the choreography which is just as fun, poppy and vibrant.

Daniel Radcliffe really holds his own a corporate ladder climbing J. Pierpont Finch, F-I-N-C-H. The role isn’t an easy one as it requires just the right about of charm which he has in spades. The comic timing is very refreshing as well. So nice to see him in a fun light hearted show and to see another side of this talented actor.

Daniel Radcliffe by Annie Lebovitz for Vogue Magazine

Also surprising was John Laroquette. Although, this man is very talented and a total veteran performer so I don’t know why I was surprised. His comic timing is impeccable and where his character could easily be seen as a no-good louse, he actually comes across as charming and forgivable. And by the end, we definitely do forgive his extracurricular.

John Laroquette in How to Succeed Without Really Trying

No shortage of audience interaction with guffaws to applause to our right whooping from some of the younger fans.
Some of the songs were a bit slow because it was left in it’s original style where someone will sing a line, pause pause pause, and then someone else will sing a line, pause pause pause.  But I have no doubt that this talented cast will work out the kinks and have the audiences in the palm of their hands through those quiet moments by the time of the show’s official opening scheduled for March 27th. There are some definite show stopping numbers are contained in this gem. Most notably a numbers toward the end of both acts.

The first act is quite long, clocking in at about an hour and 40 minutes. But the second act is definitely shorter making the show 2.45 hours including intermission.

Oh– and look out for celebrities! Katie Holmes was in attendance at my show with little Suri in tow. And they stayed for the whole show! So even a 5 year old enjoyed the show!! (Although this is really more recommended for audiences 10 and up)

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

I would definitely recommend this show for those who are also fans of Promises, Promises, The Producers, Hairspray, Sweet Charity (yes, I just brought up that amazing musical that should still be running)!

Contact my colleagues in the office to get your tickets– and don’t wait! This show is sure to be sold out more nights than not. You can inquire about tickets by calling New York Guest at (212) 302-4019 or e-mail info@newyorkguest.com

— Danielle

I’m all over How to Succeed.
I was lucky enough to see a preview on Tuesday, March 8 2011.
I loved it!!
Great classic 60’s Broadway Musical.
The costumes were fantastic very vibrant, beautiful color palette of teals, lavender, rose, mint green and so 60’s!!
The Costume Designer must have been inspired by the choreography which is just as fun, poppy and vibrant.
Daniel Radcliffe really holds his own a corporate ladder climbing J. Pierpont Finch, F-I-N-C-H. The role isn’t an easy one as it requires just the right about of charm which he has in spades. The comic timing is very refreshing as well. So nice to see him in a fun light hearted show and to see another side of this talented actor.
Also surprising was John Laroquette. Although, this man is very talented and a total veteran performer so I don’t know why I was surprised. His comic timing is impeccable and where his character could easily be seen as a no-good louse, he actually comes across as charming and forgivable. And by the end, we definitely do forgive his extracurricular.
No shortage of audience interaction with guffaws to applause to our right whooping from some of the younger fans.
Some of the songs were a bit slow b/c it was left in it’s original style where someone will sing a line, pause pause pause, and then someone else will sing a line, pause pause pause. But I have no doubt that this talented cast will work out the kinks and have the audiences in the palm of their hands through those quiet moments by the time of opening.
Some definite show stopping numbers are contained in this gem. Most notably a numbers toward the end of both acts.
The first act is quite long, clocking in at about an hour and 40 minutes. But the second act is definitely shorter making the show 2.45 including intermission.
Oh! and look out for celebrities. Katie Holmes was in attendance at my show with little Suri in tow. And they stayed for the whole show! So even a 5 year old enjoyed the show!! (Although this is really more recommended for audiences 10 and up)
I would definitely recommend this for fans of Promises, Promises, The Producers, Hairspray, Sweet Charity (yes, I just brought up that amazing musical that should still be running)
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