Nicole Parker, Ruth Williamson Will Join Josh Grisetti in Reprise How to Succeed; Ed Asner Lends Voice

News   Nicole Parker, Ruth Williamson Will Join Josh Grisetti in Reprise How to Succeed; Ed Asner Lends Voice Complete casting has been announced for the Reprise Theatre Company's upcoming production of Frank Loesser's 1961 musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Nicole Parker
Nicole Parker

As previously reported, Josh Grisetti will star as resourceful window washer J. Pierpont Finch with John O'Hurley (Spamalot, Chicago) as J.B. Biggley, Vicki Lewis (Damn Yankees, Chicago) as Smitty and Simon Helberg ("A Serious Man," "The Big Bang Theory") as Bud Frump.

Newcomers to the cast include Nicole Parker, best known for her work on Fox's sketch comedy show "MADtv," as Rosemary; and Melissa Fahn, who starred on Broadway in Wicked, as Hedy LaRue; with Ruth Williamson, Larry Raben and Michael Kostroff as well as 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," will record The Voice of the Book, the offstage narrator of How to Succeed.

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who recently staged the short-lived Broadway revival of Ragtime, will direct and choreograph the production, which will run May 11-23 at the Freud Playhouse in Los Angeles. Opening night is May 12. The musical director is Darryl Archibald.

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 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.

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