Tony Award nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who staged the Broadway revival of Ragtime, directs and choreographs the production that will run through May 23 at the Freud Playhouse in Los Angeles. Opening night is May 12. Grisetti (Enter Laughing) is joined by John O'Hurley (Spamalot, Chicago) as J.B. Biggley, Vicki Lewis (Damn Yankees, Chicago) as Smitty, Nicole Parker ("MADtv") as Rosemary, Melissa Fahn (Wicked) as Hedy LaRue and Simon Helberg ("A Serious Man," "The Big Bang Theory") as Bud Frump.
The cast also features Ruth Williamson, Larry Raben, Michael Kostroff, Matt Bauer, E.E. Bell, Bradley Benjamin, Matt Crabtree, Melissa Lyons, Jeff Marlow, Elisa Nixon, Annie Ramsey, Justin Michael Wilcox and Ray Wills.
Ed Asner, who played Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," recorded The Voice of the Book, the offstage narrator of How to Succeed.
How to Succeed… features a score by Loesser, with a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. The original 1961 production earned seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Author and Best Score, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Robert Morse earned a Tony Award for his performance as J. Pierrepont Finch. The musical will return to Broadway in spring 2011 with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead. The story follows a young window washer, who with the help of the titular book, rises to the top of the World Wide Wickets Company in New York City.
For tickets phone (310) 825-2101 or visit Reprise.org. The Freud Playhouse at UCLA is located in Macgowan Hall.