Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert
Based on the book by Shepherd Mead
Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy How To Succeed
In Business Without Really Trying, a provocative musical satire of 1960s corporate life,
from the Tony-winning composer of Guys and Dolls. Award-winning director Jay Manley helms
this Mad Men-esque comedy, with musical direction by Catherine Snider and choreography by
Following the instructions of a "how-to" manual, young window washer J. Pierrepont Finch plans each hilarious step of his meteoric rise from the mailroom to the boardroom of the World-Wide Wicket Company in New York City. Pairing sometimes unorthodox business practices with a disarming grin, Ponty Finch charms his way up the corporate ladder, impressing company President J.B. Biggley, battling Biggley's lazy nephew Bud Frump, and winning the heart of secretary Rosemary Pilkington along the way. How To Succeed..., is packed with catchy favorites such as I Believe in You, Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm, The Company Way, Been a Long Day, and the rousing Brotherhood of Man.
"This splendidly sardonic account of Big Business is an example of perfect musical comedy construction,
swift, sharp, jam-packed with characters and incident and clear-headed as it moves unerringly through
an interesting and funny story."
- TheNew York Daily News
"Mr. Loesser's perky score is subordinated to the merry malice that is afoot; meaningful fantasy is given its head, and the point of view grins and glows with its own cocksure effrontery."
- The New York Herald Tribune
"Bright and irrestible!"
"Big business is not likely to be the same again; it will be so busy chuckling at its reflection in this impish mirror of a musical that it won't have time to do big business... (How To Succeed...) belongs to the blue chips among modern musicals."
- The New York Times
"Inspired... eloquent, with craft and wit..."
- The New Yorker
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