By Kenneth Jones
08 May 2012
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Pop star Jonas began punching the clock as corporate ladder-climber J. Pierrepont Finch in this 50th anniversary Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical satire on Jan. 24. Also new to the Rob Ashford-directed cast at the time was "Ugly Betty" star Michael Urie as office brown-noser Bud Frump. In 2011, John Larroquette won a Tony Award for playing company president J.B. Biggley. That role is now played by Emmy Award winner Beau Bridges.
Performances play the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. By close, the production will have played 30 previews and 473 regular performances.
The cast was told the closing news prior to the Tuesday night curtain. The closing notice coincides with the May 8 release of a new five-track Broadway cast album EP from Broadway Records. Nick Jonas is heard on the album; Radcliffe is heard on the full 2011 cast album.
"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," producer Michael McCabe added. "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."
Primarily known as one of the Jonas Brothers, the hit band he formed with his two siblings in 2005, Jonas started his Broadway career in the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, made his West End stage debut as Marius in Les Miserables in 2010 and was part of the Hollywood Bowl staging of Hairspray as Link Larkin.
Jonas was the third leading man to take on the role of Finch in the 50th anniversary revival of How to Succeed. "Harry Potter" star Radcliffe opened the production in March 2011 for a ten-month run, and was succeeded by "Glee" actor Darren Criss, who concluded a limited, three-week engagement Jan. 22.
The principal cast also features Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Tammy Blanchard (Gypsy, "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows") as office bombshell Hedy La Rue, Rose Hemingway (Parade at the Mark Taper Forum) in her Broadway debut as Rosemary Pilkington, Rob Bartlett (Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors) as Twimble/Wally Womper, Sara Jean Ford as Smitty, Ellen Harvey (Thou Shalt Not, The Music Man) as Miss Jones and Michael Park (Middletown) as Bert Bratt.
How to Succeed opened on Broadway March 27, 2011.
The musical has a score by Frank Loesser, with a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Promises, Promises) directed and choreographed the production. He is a current 2012 Tony nominee for his choreography of Evita.
The show is produced by Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams), Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, Candy Spelling, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Two Left Feet Productions/PowerArts, Jen Namoff/Fakston Productions, Hilary A. Williams, HOP Theatricals, LLC/Paul Chau/Daniel Frishwasser/Michael Jackowitz, and Michael Speyer - Bernie Abrams/Jacki Barlia Florin - Adam Blanshay/Arlene Scanlan/TBS Service.
For How to Succeed tickets, priced $52-$132, phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street.