Musical Comedy How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Freud Playhouse
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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It was so appropriate there at the Freud playhouse on the UCLA campus, perusing the Ray Bolger memorabilia (the school named its Musical Theater program after him), because Josh Grisetti, with his lanky body, birdlike nose, goofy likeable charm, and honky-tonk dancing style, seemed to be chanelling Bolger last night in his star role as J. Pierpont Finch. And he really made the performance. Yes, the book is a bit overlong and clunky in the first act, but its nice to hear all the songs which were cut from the movie. The cast is an embarassment of riches with John O'Hurley, Vicky Lewis, and reprise regulars Michael Kostroff (doing a nicely nuanced The Company Way) and and Ruth Williamson. But for me the supporting standouts were Nicole Parker as Rosemary, and the Big Bang's Simon Helberg as an over-the-top Bud Frump. On a final note, I think we can all agree that Frank Loesser is about as close to Godhead as you can get without being Sondheim or Jason Robert Brown.
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One of the more popular musicals of the past 50 years, How to Succeed has won multiple Tony Awards.
Join Reprise Theatre Company for a climb up the corporate ladder with Frank Loesser’s rousing, hit-filled satire of corporate America, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (fresh from directing the critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of Ragtime_), this cleverly comical Pulitzer Prize-winning musical stars Josh Grisetti (winner of a 2009 Theatre World Award), and stage and screen favorites Simon Helberg (_Big Bang Theory), Vicki Lewis (Reprise’s I Love My Wife, News Radio_) John O’ Hurley (_Seinfeld, Spamalot) and Ed Asner as the Voice of the Narrator.
_How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying shows _how a little gumption and a lot of finesse—plus A dozenphenomenal songs and dances—can make any company a major success. It’s Mad Men meets musical comedy!