Punching In: Goodspeed How to Succeed Revival Opens; Brian Sears Aims High

News   Punching In: Goodspeed How to Succeed Revival Opens; Brian Sears Aims High
Goodspeed Musicals' new production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, featuring Brian Sears as the window washer who rises to the top of a corporation, opens Oct. 20 following previews from Sept. 24.

Brian Sears
Brian Sears Photo by Diane Soblewski

Ronn Carroll reprises his 1995 Broadway-revival role of company president J.B. Biggley. Performances play Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, to Nov. 28.

Greg Ganakas directs the satire of big business, corporate politics and conformity. Kelli Barclay is the choreographer.

Sears' Broadway credits include the recent Lend Me a Tenor, Finian's Rainbow and Grease. He was a game Barnaby Tucker in Paper Mill Playhouse's Hello, Dolly! In How to Succeed, he plays the apparently guileless climber J. Pierrepont Finch. The character famously sings the inspirational song "I Believe in You" — while looking in the mirror. Carroll appeared in Broadway's The Rink, Steel Pier, Annie Get Your Gun and more.

The show — to have a separate Broadway revival in 2011 — has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on Sheperd Mead's 1952 book of the same name.

The Goodspeed cast features Natalie Bradshaw (Broadway's Hair) as Rosemary Pilkington; Nicolette Hart (Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer) as Hedy LaRue; Erin McGuire as Smitty; Jennifer Smith (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Miss Jones; Tom Deckman (Spamalot, Good Vibrations) as Bud Frump; Richard Vida (The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Les Miserables) as Mr. Twimble/Wally Womper; Aaron Serotsky (August: Osage County) as Bratt; plus James Beaman, Jerry Christakos, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Sara Marie Hicks, Matthew Kilgore, Natalie Newman, Brian Ogilvie, Kristin Piro, John Scacchetti, Drew Taylor and Micki Weiner. The creative team includes scenic designer Adrian W. Jones, costume designer Gregory Gale, lighting designer Paul Miller, music director Michael O'Flaherty, assistant music director William J. Thomas, orchestrator Dan DeLange. How to Succeed is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

Goodspeed Musicals is a two-time Tony Award-winning organization devoted to musical theatre revivals (primarily at Goodspeed Opera House) and new works. Its incubator for new works is the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT.

Visit goodspeed.org.

The cast of <i>How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying</i>
The cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Photo by Diane Soblewski
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