Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke, Rose Hemingway Join How to Succeed Broadway Revival

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15 Nov 2010

Rose Hemingway
Rose Hemingway

Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke and Rose Hemingway have joined the cast of the 50th anniversary Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Blanchard, who earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance as Louise in the Bernadette Peters revival of Gypsy and an Emmy for playing Judy Garland in "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows," will play office bombshell Hedy La Rue. Hanke (In My Life, Cry-Baby) will play Bud Frump, and Hemingway (Parade at the Mark Taper Forum) will make her Broadway debut as Radcliffe's onstage romantic interest Rosemary Pilkington.

The cast will also include stage veteran Rob Bartlett (Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors) as Twimble/Wally Womper, Mary Faber (American Idiot, Avenue Q) as Smitty and Ellen Harvey (Thou Shalt Not, The Music Man) as Miss Jones.

"Harry Potter" star Radcliffe will make his Broadway musical debut as window washer J. Pierrepont Finch with Emmy Award-winning actor John Larroquette ("Night Court") as World Wide Wicket Company president J.B. Biggley. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Promises, Promises), How to Succeed will begin previews Feb. 26, 2011, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. An official opening has been set for March 27, 2011.

Christopher J. Hanke
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

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).

Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams), Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, Candy Spelling, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand and Two Left Feet Productions/PowerArts produce the revival.

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.



How to Succeed… 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.

Rob Ashford earned a 2002 Best Choreography Tony Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie. He has been Tony-nominated for Cry-Baby, Curtains and The Wedding Singer. He earned acclaim for directing the Donmar Warehouse productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Parade.

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