BWW TV: Skylar Astin, Betsy Wolfe, and Cast Are Learning HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING!
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as a semi-staged concert beginning June 6th. Get a preview of Sklyar Astin, Betsy Wolfe, and the rest of the all-star cast below!
As announced previously, The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical lampooning life on the corporate ladder will star Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) as J. Pierrepont Finch, Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, Falsettos) as Rosemary Pilkington, Michael Urie(Ugly Betty, Shakespeare Theatre Company's Hamlet) in the role of Bud Frump, and D.C. favorite Nova Payton (Ragtime at Ford's Theater, Caroline, or Change at Round House Theatre) as Miss Jones.
The complete cast includes John Bolton (Anastasia, A Christmas Story) as Mr. Bratt, John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect, Best in Show) as Biggley, Joaquina Kalukango (The Color Purple) as Smitty, Tony Award winner Michael McGrath (She Loves Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Mr. Twimble and Wally Womper, and Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) as Hedy La Rue. The ensemble will feature Darius Barnes, Sean Bell, Lawrence Clayton, Colin Cunliffe, Kaitlyn Davidson, Casey Garvin, Eloise Kropp, Harris Milgrim, Shina Ann Morris, Kristen Piro, Katerine Popacostas, Tally Sessions, Diana Vaden, and Vishal Vaidya.
With direction by Marc Bruni (Beautiful), choreography by Denis Jones (Holiday Inn, Honeymoon in Vegas), and music direction by Todd Ellison (An American in Paris), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will run June 6-10, 2018 in the Eisenhower Theater.
A tune-filled comic gem, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a delightfully funny book by Abe Burrows, Willie Gilbert, and Jack Weinstock. The show follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive. Winner of both the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize in drama when it debuted in 1961, it has since received Tony Award-winning Broadway revivals in 1995, starring Matthew Broderick, and 2011, starring Daniel Radcliffe.
The design team for this semi-staged concert production includes set design by Scott Pask (The Band's Visit, The Book of Mormon), lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski(Beautiful, The Producers), costume design by Amy Clark (Chaplin), and sound design by Brian Ronan (Beautiful, The Book of Mormon).
Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will be performed Wednesday, June 6-Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 8 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. For more information please visit the Kennedy Center website, in-person at the Kennedy Center box office, or call (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324.