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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

September 12, 2011

I had the opportunity in the last week to go to New York City a squeeze in three shows in two days. I rushed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, for the Wednesday matinee. Having never gotten into Harry Potter at the height of its crazy, Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t really hold any sort of special place in my heart. I went to see How to Succeed because Rob Ashford’s choreography is so incredibly dynamic and charming, but I left madly in love with Daniel Radcliffe. He’s not Broadway gold exactly—that is, he’s not a very strong singer—but he’s on pitch and gives everything his all. As to his dancing, all I have to say is: Harry Potter’s got hips. And he knows how to use them. “Brotherhood of Man,” the number that convinced me to see this musical in the first place, was nothing short of absolute brilliant fun. I wanted to rewind my life and have them do it again. About six times. It’s a shame that Rob Ashford is always up against people like Susan Stroman and Kathleen Marshall and never gets any well-deserved Tonys (excepting 2002’s win for Thoroughly Modern Millie).

The show as a whole is cute, fun, and fast-paced. Excepting one lag in each act, J. Pierrepont Finch climbs at breakneck speed up the proverbial ladder and it’s from this ridiculous pacing that much of the show’s humor comes. The sets are large and colorful with an appropriately trippy amount of moving parts and the costumes are so delightfully 60’s—the women in bold, beautiful dresses and the men in smart suits—that it almost makes me wish I was alive back then. I think the show’s greatest strength might be its universal appeal. The storyline itself makes it palatable to the straight male and Ashford clinches their enjoyment with his masculine choreography (though surely the presence of the buxom Hedy LaRue also helps matters there). Anyway, it’s a show full of happy and a great way to start my trip before heading to the devastation that was Follies that evening.

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  1. September 12, 2011 11:23 AM

    Very descriptive, Britt! So glad you loved it..makes me want to see it , too! Nothing like ‘live’ !

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