STAGE TUBE: Nick Jonas Says Goodbye at HOW TO SUCCEED's Last Performance
Nick Jonas gave a goodbye speech at the final performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway, May 20, 2012. He spoke about his return to Broadway "as a man," acknowledged Daniel Radcliffe and Darren Criss for their hard work and talent in the role of J. Pierrepont Finch before him, and talked about the support and artistry of his fellow cast members, the producers, and his love for the audience and this "great show." Watch the video below!
The revival of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING played its final performance on May 20, 2012. The 50th Anniversary production played 30 preview and 473 regular performances at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). The show saw three leading men in the role of J. Pierrepont Finch—Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas.
Nominated for eight 2011 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING began previews Saturday, February 26, 2011 and opened Sunday, March 27 at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre starring Daniel Radcliffe and 2011 Tony Award winner John Larroquette, who both played their final performance on January 1, 2012. On January 3, 2012, breakout star of Fox’ smash hit television show “GLEE” Darren Criss stepped into the role of J. Pierrepont Finch opposite Beau Bridges’ J.B. Biggley. On January 24, Nick Jonas began his run as J. Pierrepont Finch.
Directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING last starred Nick Jonas as J. Pierrepont Finch, Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning star of screen, television and stage Beau Bridges as J.B. Biggley, and making their Broadway debuts, star of stage and television’s “Ugly Betty” Michael Urie as Bud Frump, and Rose Hemingway as Rosemary Pilkington. HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING co-stars 2011 Tony nominee Tammy Blanchard as Hedy La Rue, Rob Bartlett as Twimble/Wally Womper, Sara Jane Ford as Smitty, Ellen Harvey as Miss Jones, 2011 Emmy Award winner Michael Park as Bert Bratt, and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper as the voice of the narrator leading a cast of 30.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING has music and lyrics by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Frank Loesser, and a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on the book by Shepherd Mead. The creative team for HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING includes Derek McLane (Sets) Catherine Zuber (Costumes), Howell Binkley (Lighting), Jon Weston (Sound), Tom Watson (Hair), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations), and David Chase (Music Director and Arranger).