Broadway's How to Succeed Welcomes Sara Jean Ford Feb. 28; Stephanie Rothenberg Is Rosemary

News   Broadway's How to Succeed Welcomes Sara Jean Ford Feb. 28; Stephanie Rothenberg Is Rosemary
Sara Jean Ford succeeds original cast member Mary Faber in the role of Smitty in the Tony-nominated revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying beginning Feb. 28 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

Sara Jean Ford
Sara Jean Ford

Stephanie Rothenberg also temporarily steps into the role of Rosemary, the part created in this revival by Rose Hemingway, who is taking a leave of absence. Rothenberg will play the role through April 29; Hemingway will return following her hiatus.

Rothenberg, who made her Broadway debut in How to Succeed, is a member of the musical's ensemble and has been standing by for the role of Rosemary. She was most recently seen in the NYC reading of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, directed by Kathleen Marshall. Rothenberg grew up in Nashville, TN, recording for country music artists, animated television shows and Walt Disney.

Ford has previously been seen on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, Finian's Rainbow and A Little Night Music.

Nick Jonas took on the leading role of J. Pierrepont Finch Jan. 24. He is the third leading man to take on the role of Finch in the 50th anniversary revival of How to Succeed. "Harry Potter" star Daniel 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. Jonas is contracted with the production through July 1.

Stephanie Rothenberg

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, Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty," Angels In America, The Temperamentals) as Bud Frump, Rob Bartlett (Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors) as Twimble/Wally Womper, 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, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The musical has a score by Frank Loesser, with a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. Tony Award winner Rob Ashford directed and choreographed the production.

For tickets, priced $52-$132, phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street.

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