How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying [New Broadway Cast]

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying [New Broadway Cast]

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After a short and well-received run in the fall of 1994 at the La Jolla Playhouse, the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying debuted at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 23, 1995. The luminous troupe was led by Matthew Broderick as J. Pierrepont Finch, supported by the equally impressive Tom Flynn in the role of Milt Gatch and

Overview

After a short and well-received run in the fall of 1994 at the La Jolla Playhouse, the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying debuted at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 23, 1995. The luminous troupe was led by Matthew Broderick as J. Pierrepont Finch, supported by the equally impressive Tom Flynn in the role of Milt Gatch and Ronn Carroll as J.B. Biggley. The show even included voice-over narration from none other than veteran news anchorman Walter Cronkite. The new Broadway cast recording made on April 2, 1995, at the Hit Factory in New York City sported Danny Troob's fresh and updated orchestral arrangement of Frank Loesser's brilliant score. Perhaps within the context of the live presentation, the modernizations would not stand out so glaringly. However, as is always the risk when updating a "classic," something inevitably gets lost in the translation. Ted Sperling is certainly on par with his other lauded productions such as 2000's original Broadway cast recording of The Full Monty. The plot follows Finch 's (Broderick) rise from merely being a window washer outside to becoming a CEO inside the headquarters of the World Wide Wickets Company. In an ironic twist, Finch's guide to the top -- and the text on which the actual play was adapted -- is Shepherd Mead's Pulitzer-winning fictional satire How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The author's intimate knowledge of corporate politics stemmed from actual experiences as an advertising executive. While the interpretation and subject matter haven't lost their relevance in the intervening three-plus decades since the initial staging, much of the intuitive chemistry between the cast has been diffused, translating into lessened drama. That said, there are plenty of timeless tunes, including Megan Mullally's portrayal of Rosemary Pilkington on "Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm" as well as her co-lead with Broderick on "Rosemary." Of somewhat lesser interest are the bigger ensemble pieces "Coffee Break" and "In the Company Way."

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/1995
Label:
Rca Victor Broadway
UPC:
0090266819720
catalogNumber:
68197

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Tracks

  1. Overture
  2. Dear Reader...
  3. How to Succeed
  4. Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm
  5. Coffee Break
  6. You Have Alertly Seized Your Opportunities...
  7. The Company Way
  8. The Company Way (Reprise)
  9. The Entrance of Hedy Larue
  10. A Secretary Is Not a Toy
  11. Been a Long Day
  12. Been a Long Day (Reprise)
  13. Saturday Morning Ballet
  14. Grand Old Ivy
  15. Paris Original
  16. Rosemary
  17. Act One Finale
  18. Entr'acte
  19. How to Succeed (Reprise)
  20. So You Are Now a Vice-President...
  21. Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm (Reprise)
  22. Love from a Heart of Gold
  23. I Believe in You (Reprise)
  24. The Pirate Dance
  25. How to Handle a Disaster...
  26. I Believe in You (Reprise)
  27. By This Time, You Are a Seasoned Executive...
  28. Brotherhood of Man
  29. Finale

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Babich   Bass
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Herb Besson   Trombone,Bass Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Jonathan Freeman   Track Performer,cast
Jack Hayes   cast
Kenneth Hitchcock   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
B.J. Johnson   Violin
Scott Kuney   Guitar
Charles Libove   Violin
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Ray Marchica   Drums
Mike Migliore   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,E-flat Clarinet
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone,Bass Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Roger Rosenberg   Clarinet,Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Byron Stripling   Trumpet
Lillias White   Track Performer,cast
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Ann Labin   Violin
Chris Komer   French Horn
Diane Monroe   Violin,Concert Master
Chuck Wilson   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Richard Heckman   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Caryl Paisner   Cello
Tom Flagg   cast
Grace Paradise   Harp
William Ruyle   cast
Ted Sperling   Conductor
Richard Rood   Violin
Rob Shaw   Violin
Maria Calabrese   cast
Todd Ellison   Synthesizer,Piano
Adam Grabois   Cello
Aiko Nakasone   cast
Jeff Blumenkrantz   Track Performer,cast
Victoria Clark   Track Performer,cast
Susannah Chapman   Cello
Walter Cronkite   Track Performer,cast
Women   Track Performer
Carla Renata Williams   cast
Daniel Tramon   Synthesizer
Ensemble   Track Performer
Randl Ask   cast
Kevin Bogue   cast
Matthew Broderick   cast
Ronn Carroll   cast
Jeffry Denman   cast
Pamela Gold   cast
Rebecca Holt   cast
Jay Aubrey Jones   cast
Nam-Sook Lee   Violin
Nancy Lemenager   cast
Kristi Lynes   cast
Luba Mason   cast
Martin Moran   cast
Megan Mullally   cast
Gerry Vichi   cast
Jerome Vivona   cast
Jeff Lang   French Horn
Tom Flynn   cast
Michael Roth   Violin
Bill Hayes   Percussion

Technical Credits

John Perry Barlow   Contributor
James Nichols   Engineer
Jay David Saks   Producer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Robert Ginzler   Orchestration
Abe Burrows   Book
Michael Greif   Art Direction
Ted Sperling   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Music Direction
David Siegel   Orchestration
John Arnone   Scenery
Wayne Cilento   Choreographer
Diane DiVita   Stage Manager
Terrence Dwyer   Managing Director
Willie Gilbert   Book
Marcia Goldberg   Company Manager
Frank Hartenstein   Production Stage Manager
Susan Hilferty   Costume Design
Julie Hughes   Casting
Kimberly Kelley   Assistant Management
Steve Canyon Kennedy   Sound Design
Fisk Kimberly   Assistant Management
McAnuff   Director
Barry Moss   Casting
Margery Singer   Marketing Consultant
Jeanine Tesori   Dance Arrangement
Susanne Tighe   Contributor
Glynn Turner   Assistant Management
Jack Weinstock   Book
Daniel Troob   Orchestration
Doug Johnson   Cover Art
James P. Nichols   Engineer

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