Jeremy Morse, Becky Gulsvig, Brian Shepard, Mark Jacoby, Amy Bodnar Star in Riverside How To Succeed, Beginning April 8

By Andrew Gans
08 Apr 2014

Jeremy Morse
Jeremy Morse
Photo by Monica Simoes

The Riverside Theatre’s production of the classic Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying plays the Stark Stage April 8-27.

Directed by Casey Hushion, the Florida production features Jeremy Morse as J. Pierrepont Finch, Becky Gulsvig as Rosemary Pilkington, Brian Shepard as Bud Frump, Mark Jacoby as J.B. Biggley, Cary Michele Miller as Smitty, Amy Bodnar as Hedy LaRue, Joliet Harris as Miss Jones, Jeffrey Coon as Bert Bratt and Ed Romanoff as Mr. Twimble.

The ensemble includes Sandy Alvarez, Rachel Beiswenger, Rachel Camp, Drew Franklin, Scott Langdon, Ben Michael, Michael Philip O’Brien, Shannon Rafferty, Tara Tagliaferro, Lilly Tobin and Michael Warrell.

How To Succeed features a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.



Winner of the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is based on a 1952 book of the same name and, according to press notes, "follows the adventures and exploits of J. Pierrepont Finch who with the help of a little handbook, climbs the corporate ladder in an inordinately quick fashion. Finch reads the book while employed as a window washer and uses it to secure a job in the mail room of World Wide Wicket Company. Using ingenious tricks in listed the book, Finch refuses a promotion in the mail room while recommending the boss's nephew, which causes Finch to get a much more important job. He also convinces Mr. Biggley, president of company, that he too is an alumnus of Biggley's beloved alma mater. By continuing to heed the book’s advice, delivered by the unseen author, Finch continues his meteoric rise. However, Finch is not all business. He falls in love with a secretary, Rosemary Pilkington, and she stands by his side when his idea for a treasure hunt for the company ends in disaster. But when Finch states that World Wide Wicket is like a family to him, rejecting petty corporate jealousies, espousing unity in the rousing song 'Brotherhood of Man,' this is his final ticket to the chairman's office."

The production team also includes choreographer Michele Lynch, music director Anne Shuttlesworth, scenic designer Robert Andrew Kovach, costume designer Lisa Zinni, lighting designer Paul Black, sound designer Craig Beyrooti, stage manager Kyle Atkins and assistant stage manager Amy Bertacini. Casting was done in New York by Wojcik/Seay Casting, LLC.

This staging is a co-production with Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, where the production will begin performances May 13.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (772) 231-6990 or online at riversidetheatre.com.