How to Succeed on Broadway

by Eileen, New York Guest Travel Planner

I grew up in a very musical family. My mother was music teacher and can play the guitar, violin, piano, and flute. My brother is a self taught musician just beginning a college course in musical production. My father sings (out of tune). And I have sung in church choirs since I was in high school. We love music and musicals, so it was a great treat for us to see How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

My father remembers the original production in 1961 starring Robert Morse, also known as Bert Cooper on Mad Men. This 50th Anniversary revival stars Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette. From start to finish, you are in for a fast, fun, and exciting ride! The music, the sets, the acting– everything is what you would expect from a Broadway show!

Daniel Radcliffe stars as J. Pierrepont Finch, an ambitious young window washer. Finch has big dreams of entering the advertising world and working his way up to head of the advertising department of the World Wide Wicket Company. But how does one exactly transition from washing the windows of skyscrapers to an ad man? Well, you follow the steps of the handy dandy book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying of course! With some fine charisma, Finch works his way up from working in the mailroom to becoming a Vice President. However there is one small problem, Finch has no experience in the advertising world. Now that Finch has landed his dream job, can he hold onto it?

John Larroquette is unbelievably funny as the President of the World Wide Wicket Company, JB Bigley. Larroquette won the 2011 Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for this performance. Larroquette and Radcliffe have great chemistry that is the crux of the musical. We were all laughing during their interactions throughout the show. Also featured is a great ensemble that will keep you laughing and singing along. I downloaded the cast recording and haven’t been able to stop listening to it since!

Daniel Radcliffe will be with the show until January 2012. Darren Criss, of Glee and a Very Potter Musical fame, will take over for a three week stint in January. Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers will take over as J. Pierrepont Finch on January 24, 2012. This show is a can’t miss! E-mail me at efitzgerald@newyorkguest.com to plan your trip today!

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