How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying [2011 Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
After treading the boards in the controversial thought-provoking drama Equus, Daniel Radcliffe continues his near-impossible mission to leave his Hogwarts background behind with his lead role as J. Pierrepont Finch in the second Broadway revival of Frank Loesser's Tony Award-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Without the occasionally distracting Mad Men-style costumes and lavish '60s-based set designs, this official cast recording of the play (based on Shepherd Mead's tale of a window cleaner's climb up the corporate ladder) allows Radcliffe to prove he can add accomplished singer to his increasingly versatile list of talents. While his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
After treading the boards in the controversial thought-provoking drama Equus, Daniel Radcliffe continues his near-impossible mission to leave his Hogwarts background behind with his lead role as J. Pierrepont Finch in the second Broadway revival of Frank Loesser's Tony Award-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Without the occasionally distracting Mad Men-style costumes and lavish '60s-based set designs, this official cast recording of the play (based on Shepherd Mead's tale of a window cleaner's climb up the corporate ladder) allows Radcliffe to prove he can add accomplished singer to his increasingly versatile list of talents. While his inoffensive pleasant tones might not match the intensity of the original's Robert Morse, they're certainly strong enough to justify his leading man status, as he belts out his character's narcissistic love song, "I Believe in You," and his ode to the object of his affections, "Rosemary," with conviction as well as adequately sparring up to John Larroquette's duped boss J.B. Biggley on college anthem "Grand Old Ivy." Elsewhere, the 31 Rob Sher-produced chronologically listed tracks, which stay faithful to Loesser's original jazz-tinged score, feature performances from Rose Hemingway as love interest Rosemary (anti-feminist anthem "Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm"), Mary Faber as her friend Smitty (on the equally chauvinistic "Cinderella, Darling"), and Christopher J. Hanke as Finch's rival Bud Frump on reprises of "The Company Way" and "Been a Long Day," alongside narrative pieces from CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper ("Dear Reader," "Rosemary's Philosophy") and several instrumentals from the How to Succeed Orchestra, such as the bossa nova-tinged "Martini Time" and the big-band swing of "Pirate Dance." Of course, How to Succeed... loses much of its context when stripped of its visual spectacle, but diffusing any reservations about the Harry Potter star's musical ability, this soundtrack is still a charming listen for the army of worldwide theatergoers who haven't had the chance to make up their own minds themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 602527715728
  • Catalog Number: 001564502
  • Sales rank: 3,844

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daniel Radcliffe Primary Artist, Vocals
David Peel Horn
David Chase Conductor
Lawrence Feldman Reeds
Scott Kuney Guitar
Scott Wendholt Trumpet
John Allred Trombone
Ellen Harvey Vocals
Paul Pizzuti Drums
Steve Kenyon Reeds
Grace Paradise Harp
Neal Caine Bass
Mark Thrasher Reeds
Rob Bartlett Vocals
Michael Park Vocals
George Flynn Trombone
Tammy Blanchard Vocals
Christopher J. Hanke Vocals
Mary Faber Vocals
Matt Perri Synthesizer, Piano
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nick Marchione Trumpet
Erik Charlston Percussion
Anderson Cooper Recitation
John Larroquette Vocals
Rose Hemingway Vocals
Technical Credits
Frank Loesser Composer, Lyricist
David Chase Liner Notes
Obie O'Brien Production Director
Robert Sher Producer
Abe Burrows Liner Note Assistant
Craig Zadan Liner Notes
Brad Sarno Mastering
Neil Meron Liner Notes
Sheryl Gold Music Business Affairs
Ari Mintz Production Photography
Adam Long Engineer
Brandon Wardell Production Facilitator
Van Dean Executive Producer, Layout
Barry L. Miller Executive Producer
Kenny Howard Executive Producer
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