"Been A Long Day": How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Closes On Broadway May 20

By Adam Hetrick
20 May 2012

Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas
Photo by Joan Marcus

The staff of the Worldwide Wicket Company clears their desks May 20 when the Tony Award-nominated revival of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, starring Nick Jonas, ends its Broadway run at the the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Evita, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Finding Neverland), who also staged the Broadway revival of the 1960's office-set musical Promises, Promises in 2010, directed and choreographed How to Succeed, which opened on Broadway March 27, 2011. The revival played 30 previews and 474 regular performances.

The Tony and Pultizer Prize-winning 1961 musical has a score by Frank Loesser, with a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. 

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. "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe opened the production and was succeeded for a limited, three-week engagement by "Glee" star Darren Criss, who proved to be box-office gold for the revival.



An original Broadway revival cast album with Radcliffe is available on the Decca Broadway label, while a five-track EP featuring Jonas was just released May 8 from Broadway Records.

The principal cast also features Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Beau Bridges (Who's Who in Hell, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, "The Descendants," "The Fabulous Baker Boys") as J.B. Biggley, 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, Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty," Angels In America, The Temperamentals) as Bud Frump, Rob Bartlett (Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors) as Twimble/Wally Womper, Sara Jean Ford (Phantom, A Little Night Music) as Smitty, Ellen Harvey (Thou Shalt Not, The Music Man) as Miss Jones and Michael Park (Middletown) as Bert Bratt.

Beau Bridges and Tammy Blanchard
photo by Joan Marcus

Anderson Cooper is the voice of the narrator to the trusty "How to Succeed" guidebook for corporate success. The musical traces the rise of a young window washer, who with the help of the titular book, rises from the mail room to the top of the World Wide Wicket Company in New York City.

Designing the production are Derek McLane (set design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Jon Weston (sound design), Doug Besterman (orchestrations) and David Chase (music director and arranger).

The revival 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.

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. How to Succeed was last revived on Broadway in 1995 starring Tony winner Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally.

Visit howtosucceedbroadway.com. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street.