The revival of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING will play its final performance on Sunday, May 20, 2012. The 50th Anniversary production, which recouped its $9 million initial investment in December 2011, will have played 30 preview and 473 regular performances at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street).
"We could not have asked for a better vision of this legendary show than Rob Ashford's joyous production which literally sent audiences dancing out into the streets," said producer John Gore, "I am certain the original creators would be proud of this chapter in the legacy of this great show."
"My producing partners and I are extremely grateful to the unbelievably talented company of actors and skillful crew that have given vibrant life to this show for over 500 performances." said producer Michael McCabe. "Their collective commitment, spirit and energy is what has made the audience experience so singular and thrilling. We could not be more proud of this production."
Directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING currently stars Nick Jonas as J. Pierrepont Finch, Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning star of screen, television and stage Beau Bridges as J.B. Biggley, and making their Broadway debuts, star of stage and television's "Ugly Betty" Michael Urie as Bud Frump, and Rose Hemingway as Rosemary Pilkington. HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING c0-stars 2011 Tony nominee Tammy Blanchard as Hedy La Rue, Rob Bartlett as Twimble/Wally Womper, Sara Jane Ford as Smitty, Ellen Harvey as Miss Jones, 2011 Emmy Award winner Michael Park as Bert Bratt, and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper as the voice of the narrator leading a cast of 30.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING has music and lyrics by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Frank Loesser, and a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on the book by Shepherd Mead. The creative team for HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING includes Derek McLane (Sets) Catherine Zuber (Costumes), Howell Binkley (Lighting), Jon Weston (Sound), Tom Watson (Hair), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations), and David Chase (Music Director and Arranger).
Nominated for eight 2011 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING began previews Saturday, February 26, 2011 and opened Sunday, March 27 at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre starring Daniel Radcliffe and 2011 Tony Award winner John Larroquette, who both played their final performance on January 1, 2012. On January 3, 2012, breakout star of Fox' smash hit television show "GLEE" Darren Criss stepped into the role of J. Pierrepont Finch opposite Beau Bridges' J.B. Biggley. On January 24, Nick Jonas began his run as J. Pierrepont Finch.