How To Succeed in Business… Without Really Trying

I never wrote about the Rutgers trip with the band, because to be honest… except for the day in NYC, the trip to New Jersey had me feeling one if not all of three things at one point or another: wet, cold, irritated.

In NYC though, we stood in line at TKTS and got 40% OFF discounted tickets for “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” If you are going to see a Broadway show, and don’t buy your tickets MONTHS ahead of time, the TKTS booth is the way to go! Some shows are unavailable (Wicked, Book of Mormon and Lion King), but the ones that are get discounted anywhere from 15-50% OFF for day of seats. It’s awesome!

The Plot: With the aid of a trusty self-help book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, wily window washer J. Pierrepont Finch (Daniel Radcliffe) enjoys a riotous rise up the corporate ladder. Can he get the promotion, the corner office and the girl, or will he learn balancing business and pleasure can be precarious—but hilarious and oh, so much fun? I had no idea what to expect from the musical except that Danielle Radcliff was playing the lead, John Larroquette was the boss and it’s one of the older musicals on Broadway, fulfilling a dream of mine to see a “classic” show.

Instantly, you can see why shows that are 50 + years old still have revivals on Broadway. The scenery, costumes and music were divine. They were poppy and punchy with the look of a 1960’s deco and pastel colors. The acting was campy at times: as the script called for: and I loved every second of it. They’ve updated small things here and there for the modern audience… including having Mr. Anthony Cooper as the “Narrator.”

The choreography in this musical is above and beyond all others I have ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, there are dancers busting moves in other musicals… Lord knows those leggy broads in Chicago can Fosse their tiny little skirts off, but this was something else. “How to Succeed…” was to me, the epitome of the Broadway dance style. There were so many dancers constantly on the stage weaving in and out of each other, playing off of each other and truly just dancing their hearts out.

Danielle Radcliff was an adorable Finch. His singing wasn’t totally stellar… I mean, he’s been off fighting the Dark Lord and learning at Hogwarts, not studying breath control, people! But his comedic timing and dancing were above and beyond what I imagined. I’m so glad I got to see him in the role and can only imagine what it would be like when “Blaine” from “Glee” takes over in January for a month… because HE can SING!

John Larroquette… Oh… my… GOODNESS! I grew up watching him on “Night Court” when my parents would let me stay up past bed time. He was always funny, but in “How to Succeed…” he freaking killed it. I’ve never seen someone just GO for it in every scene. The over-the-top shenanigans that Mr. Biggley gets himself into could probably have been funny for any actor, no matter the stature. However for Larroquette it was in his sweet spot. He was adorable, darling, frighteningly hilarious and just completely ridiculous… everything you want and more.

If you’ve ever even thought about seeing the show… “Grand Old Ivy” is the funniest number and “Company Way” has the best staged choreography (a mailroom where they are throwing boxes and envelopes around all over the place and they never drop ONE! COME ON!!!)

Such a great musical, worth all the hype that it’s receiving and if you ever get the chance to get to the Big Apple and see a show… give my regards and see “How to Succeed in Business..” Hopefully before Larroquette leaves!!

Check out some video footage at: http://www.howtosucceedbroadway.com/videos.php

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