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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Music and Lyrics by FRANK LOESSER

New York run: 46th Street Theatre, October 14, 1961

Plot Synopsis

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying tells the story of J. Pierpont Finch, a window washer at the World Wide Wicket Company. But the ambitious, young Finch is not content to remain a window washer forever. He has discovered a life-changing book entitled How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and certain that this particular guide is his ticket to success, he devours it ravenously. Following the book's instructions, Finch soon lands a job in the mailroom and catches the eye of a pretty young secretary named Rosemary. With the help of his instruction manual, Finch stages a miraculous climb up the corporate ladder: from the mailroom to junior executive in Plans and Systems to Head of Plans and Systems to Vice President in charge of Advertising, all the while outwitting his enemies, particularly Bud Frump, the jealous nephew of J.B. Biggley, the president of the company. At each step along the way, Finch's instruction manual seems to predict Frump's back-stabbing plans before they develop, but when Finch is tricked into backing a disastrous ad campaign, the handy how-to guide suddenly runs out of ideas, and the former window washer will have to rely on his own wits if he wants to salvage his job!

[ Synopsis from Moonstruck Drama Bookstore ]


Songs from the Show - Act One

How To Succeed  
Happy To Keep his Dinner Warm  
Coffee Break  
The Company Way  
The Company Way (Reprise)  
The Entrance of Hedy LaRue  
A Secretary Is Not a Toy  
Been a Long Day  
Been a Long Day (Reprise)  
Saturday Morning Ballet  
Grand Old Ivy  
Paris Original  
Act One Finale  


Songs from the Show - Act Two

How To Succeed (Reprise)  
Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm (Reprise)  
Love From a Heart of Gold  
I Believe in You  
The Pirate Dance  
I Believe in You (Reprise)  


2001-2002 Production

Presented May 31-June 8, 2002 at Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa

Ottawa Citizen review



Finch Kris Lizuck
Gatch Barry Caiger
Jenkins Gary King
Tackaberry Arthur King
Peterson Richard Cleacutement
J.B. Biggley Jim Robertson
Rosemary Rebecca Stevenson
Bratt Lawrence Evenchick
Smitty Roxane Delisle
Bud Frump Andy T. Williams
Miss Jones/Scrubwoman Sharron McGuirl
Mr. Twimble/Wally Womper Moe Romanow
Hedy LaRue Diana-Lynn Dalton
Miss Krumholtz/Scrubwoman Tanya Chang
Toynbee Walt Conrad
Ovington/Book/TV Announcer Al Baldwin
OFFICE SECRETARIES Sarah Doubt, Erin Johnson, Debbie Kaplan, Patricia Kell, Minna Koch, Renée Sobering
OFFICE BOYS Gordon Guest, Delaney Hinds, Jonathan Kuzub, Nicholas Nasrallah, Alain Patry, Sean Speer



Under the direction of Drummond Hudson

Violin Ioan Harea
Woodwinds/Saxophones Mario Gilbert, Angela Casagrande, Andre Frechette, David Renaud
French Horn Keith Estabrooks
Trumpets Carmelo Scaffidi, John Harrison
Trombone Marlene Hudson, Mike Estabrooks
Guitar Craig Kennedy
Bass Sol Gunner
Keyboard Ian Fitze
Percussion Art Beers


Production Personnel

Executive Producer/Technical Director John Solman
Director Richard Elichuk
Musical Director Drummond Hudson
Choreographer Lisa Chisholm
Production Assistant Howard Kaplan
Assistant Director Barbara Seabright-Moore
Assistant Musical Director/Accompanist Ian Fitze
Set Designer Andrea Vecsei
Scenic Artist Maureen Chaume
Costume Designer Sandi Mish
Wardrobe Mistress Carole Quirk
Lighting Designer Dennis Bond
Properties Sue Dacey, Elaine McCausland
Sound Designer Derek Hilton
Stage Manager Neil Monkman
Assistant Stage Managers Anne McGuire, Shona Woodland
Master Carpenter Tom Mordasewicz, Peter Wilson
Make-up Designer Barbara Bailey
Hair Designer Jenn Covert

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