March 27, 2011
J. Pierrepont Finch, a young window washer, pores over a how-to book for transforming himself into a tycoon, and soon bluffs his way into a job in the mail room at World Wide Wicket Company, where he catches the eye of secretary Rosemary Pilkington. With a mixture of innocence and smarts, our hero climbs the ladder of success ever higher, impressing boss J.B. Biggley while overcoming opposition from Biggley’s lazy nephew, Bud Frump.
In 1955, playwrights Willie Gilbert and Jack Weinstock created a dramatic interpretation of Shepherd Mead's 1952 bestselling satirical book, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
The show first bowed on Broadway in October 1961, winning seven Tony Awards and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A successful revival was mounted in 1995, starring Matthew Broderick as J. Pierrepont Finch and Megan Mullally as Rosemary Pinkington.
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert; music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.
Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, Candy Spelling, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Hilary A. Williams, Jan Namoff/Fakston Productions, Two Left Feet Productions/Power Arts, Hop Theatricals, LLC, Paul Chau, Daniel Frishwasser/Michael Jackowitz, Michael Speyer – Bernie Adrams/Jacki Barlia Flori – Adam Blanshay/Arlene Scanlan/TBS Service
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Musical Revival
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Musical
How to Succeed was only the fourth musical ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, following in the footsteps of Of Thee I Sing!, South Pacific and Fiorello!.