How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — Broadway

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A new revival starring Daniel Radcliffe is scheduled to open on Broadway March 27, 2011 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
The How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — Broadway musical opened at the 46th Street Theatre on Broadway in October 1961, running for 1,417 performances. The show won seven Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle award, and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 1967, a film based on the musical was released by United Artists, with many of the original cast recreating their roles. A 1995 revival was mounted at the same theater as the original production (now named the Richard Rodgers Theatre), and ran for 548 performances, and starred Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead's 1952 book of the same name.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — Broadway Act I
J. Pierrepont Finch, a young window cleaner, has a mind for advancement. A "Book Voice" tells him that everything he needs for success is contained within the book in his hand, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He enters the World Wide Wicket Company searching for a job.
Finch knocks J.B. Biggley, the president of the company, to the ground. Finch presses Biggley for a job, who dismisses him to the personnel manager, Mr. Bratt. Rosemary Pilkington, a secretary, is impressed with Finch and offers to help him meet Mr. Bratt. Bratt treats Finch brusquely until Finch mentions he was referred to Bratt by Mr. Biggley. Finch is given a job in the mailroom, where he works with Mr. Biggley's lazy and nepotism-minded nephew Bud Frump. Rosemary dreams of a life with Finch in the suburbs and tells her friend Smitty that she'd be "Happy to Keep his Dinner Warm".
The fatigued workers rush to get their "Coffee break", only to find it bone dry. The Book Voice warns Finch, "One word of caution about the mailroom: it is a place out of which you must get." Twimble, head of the mailroom, is moving to the shipping department. He tells Finch that the secret to longevity at the company is to play things "The Company Way". Twimble appoints Finch as his successor, but Finch, heeding the words of his trusty book, declines the promotion, saying that Bud Frump is more qualified. Frump accepts, vowing to play things "The Company Way", too. Twimble and Bratt are impressed by Finch, and Bratt offers him a job as a junior executive in the Plans and Systems department, headed by Mr. Gatch. Frump, seeing that he has been outdone, fumes.
A sexy but air-headed woman named Hedy LaRue calls the office searching for a job, and Bratt brings her in to be assigned secretary. The employees see her and are instantly attracted to her, but Bratt, in order to assert his claim to Hedy, reminds them "A Secretary is Not a Toy."
It is Friday afternoon, just after five o'clock. As the employees make their way to the elevators, the ever-alert Finch learns that Biggley is extremely proud of his alma mater, Old Ivy, and learns that he will be in the office Saturday morning. Rosemary and Smitty encounter Finch at the elevator. They agree that it's "Been a Long Day", and Smitty helps them arrange a date. Frump runs into Biggley and Hedy, arguing about her job. Frump realizes their relationship and blackmails Biggley into giving him a promotion.
Finch arrives early Saturday morning in order to appear that he has been working all night. Biggley arrives and witnesses Finch "asleep" at his desk. Finch "absent-mindedly" begins humming "Grand Old Ivy", the Old Ivy fight song. Finch convinces the Old Man that he, too, is a proud alumnus. Biggley insists that Finch be given his own office and secretary, Hedy, prompting the Book Voice to warn Finch to beware of secretaries who have many talents, none of them secretarial. Finch realizes that Biggley must be her advocate, and sends her on an errand to Gatch, knowing that he won't be able to resist making a pass at her. Finch is soon seated behind Gatch's desk, Gatch having been dispatched to Venezuela.
A reception for the new Advertising Department head, Benjamin Burton Daniel Ovington, is being held, and Rosemary hopes to impress Finch with her new "Paris Original", but all the women of the office are wearing identical copies of the dress. Hedy tipsily exits to shower in Biggley's office, and Frump, hoping to trap Finch and Hedy, tells Finch that Biggley is waiting in his office for him. In the office, as Hedy and Finch are kissing passionately, Finch realizes that he is in love with "Rosemary", who enters as Hedy returns to the bathroom. After some farcical complications, Finch and Rosemary embrace—just in time for Frump and Biggley to walk through the door.
Ovington resigns after being prompted for his alma mater by Finch; Biggley realizes that Ovington matriculated from Old Ivy's bitter rival. Biggley a loyal "Ground Hog" cannot stand another day of the "Chipmunk" Ovington. Then, Biggley names Finch Vice-President in Charge of Advertising, just in time for a big meeting two days hence. Biggley leaves as Finch and Rosemary declare their love for "J. Pierrepont Finch", and Bud Frump vows to return.
Act II
It is the morning of the big meeting, and Rosemary is feeling neglected by Finch. She decides to quit, but her fellow secretaries convince her to stay: she's living their dream of marrying an executive and becoming "Cinderella, Darling.". (In the 1995 revival, this song was replaced with a reprise of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, with the lyrics suggesting ways in which a girl can get hold of a man's financial assets).
The book warns Finch that as Vice-President of Advertising, he needs a brilliant idea. Bud Frump slyly tells Finch about his idea for a treasure hunt. Finch loves the idea, unaware that Biggley has already heard the idea and shot it down. Finch bounces the idea off Rosemary, who tells him that, no matter what, she'd be "Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm" (reprise).
Hedy tells Biggley she is extremely unhappy with her secretarial duties and is leaving for California. He begs her to stay, and they declare their "Love From a Heart of Gold." In the executive washroom, Frump assures the others that Finch's plan will fail and, with it, his career. Finch enters and gives himself a pep talk, telling himself "I Believe in You."
Finch presents "his" idea: he will hide five thousand shares of company stock in each of the ten offices around the country and give the audience weekly clues as to their whereabouts. Biggley is about to reject this idea yet again, when Finch explains that each clue will be given by the scantily-dressed World Wide Wicket Girl: Miss Hedy LaRue.
During the first television show, Hedy is asked to swear on a Bible that she doesn't know the location of the prizes. Hedy, whom Biggley had told the night before where the treasure was hidden, panics and reveals the locations to the entire television audience. The book tells Finch, "How To Handle a Disaster. ...we suggest that your best bet is to review the first chapter of this book: 'How to Apply for a Job' ".
Treasure hunters have wrecked World Wide Wicket Company offices across the country, and the executives, including Chairman of the Board Wally Womper, are waiting in Biggley's office for Finch's resignation. Rosemary tells Finch "I Believe in You". About to sign his letter of resignation, Finch mentions that he'll probably be going back to washing windows. Womper is drawn to Finch as he, too, was a washer of windows and that they both "had a book", Wally's book being a book of betting records. Finch manages to place the blame for the treasure hunt on Bud, also mentioning that Frump is Biggley's nephew. Womper is about to "clean house from top to bottom", when Finch steps in on everyone's behalf. Finch tells the executives that they're all part of the "Brotherhood of Man." Everyone is spared, except Frump, who is fired because he is Biggley's nephew.
Biggley is still president, Womper is retiring to travel the world with his new wife, Hedy, and Finch will become Chairman of the Board. Rosemary stands by his side and inadvertently inspires him to aspire for Presidency of the United States. Bud Frump is lowered on a window-washing scaffold, outside the building, squeegee in one hand and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in the other.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — Broadway Musical numbers

Act I
How to Succeed- J. Pierrepont Finch
Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm- Rosemary Pilkington
Coffee Break- Bud Frump, Smitty, & Chorus
The Company Way- Finch & Twimble
The Company Way (Reprise)- Bud & Company
A Secretary is Not a Toy- Bratt, Chorus, & Bud
Been a Long Day- Smitty, Finch, & Rosemary
Been a Long Day (Reprise)- Bud, JB Biggley, & Hedy LaRue
Grand Old Ivy- Finch & Biggley
Paris Original- Rosemary, Smitty, Miss Krumholtz, & Girls
Rosemary- Finch & Rosemary
Finale to Act I- Finch, Rosemary, & Bud
Act II
Cinderella, Darling- Smitty & Girls
1995 revival replacement: How to Succeed (reprise)
Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm (Reprise)-Rosemary
Love From a Heart of Gold- Biggley & Hedy
I Believe in You- Finch & Men
I Believe in You (Reprise)- Rosemary
Brotherhood of Man- Finch,Miss Jones, Wally Womper, & Men
Finale: The Company Way- Company
Note: The show ends with the entire ensemble gathered on stage singing a reprise of "The Company Way." The entire company reprising a song from the show is a trademark of Frank Loesser musicals.

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