How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Review

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, presented by CenterStage and Hilliard Lyons, shines the spotlight on the business world, as a young window-washer rises from the mail room to Vice President of Advertising at World Wide Wicket Company.  I had the pleasure of seeing this fun production over the weekend and I highly recommend it!  

Michael Detmer, as J. Pierrepont Finch, leads this lively cast, in an infectious, upbeat, way that keeps you smiling!  His lovely co-star, Lauren Crawford, who plays the sweet Rosemary Pilkington, only has eyes for him but tries to stand her ground and stand up for herself at every turn as well.  The two of them sing and dance their way through this lively musical with comedic turns from cast members like Amanda Kyle Lahti who portrays vixen Hedy LaRue.  She had me laughing so hard I thought I might fall off my seat!  Jenna Lenore Ryan as Smitty was also very entertaining.  The cast has many new faces to CenterStage, each bringing their great talents to the show.  The musical numbers are uplifting and the scenery was spot on for a corporate office scene!  Make a date night out of it and go see this show before it is over! 

The show is based on Shepherd Mead’s 1952 satirical book of the same name and the revival on Broadway in 2011 staring Daniel Radcliff as J. Pierrepont Finch. b2ap3_thumbnail_cs2_20160328-144352_1.jpgUpon following the book’s advice, Finch lands a job in the mailroom, but he does not stay long. He quickly climbs the corporate ladder, rising from the mailroom to the head of plans and systems and ultimately all the way to vice-president of advertising.

How to Succeed is musical comedy at its best; with amazing music, hilarious stock characters, exciting dances.  Not to mention a “rags to riches” story where the “little” guy beats the system.” stated John R. Leffert, CenterStage artistic director.  “You are sure to leave the theatre with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.”

The Pulitzer Prize winning musical opened on Broadway in 1961, adding seven Tony Awards and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award to its accolades. It was revived in 1995 starring Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullaly and again in 2011 starring Daniel Radcliff. Music and lyrics were written by Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls) and the book by Abe Burrows, Jack Winstock and Willie Gilbert. How to Succeed is classic Broadway at its best.

How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying is a delightfully irreverent musical poking fun at big business and all that it holds sacred. The musical score includes hit standards “I Believe in You,” “Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm,” “The Company of Men,” “Been a Long Day,” “Rosemary” and “Brotherhood of Man.”


How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

This heart and humor-filled saga, perfect for the whole family, runs through Sunday, April 10, at the Jewish Community Center of Louisville’s Linker Auditorium.

CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205

Cost: Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door.

Purchase tickets: (502) 238-2709,


About CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center: For 100 years, CenterStage has provided a venue for professional quality theatre with broad cultural appeal. CenterStage offers a premier musical theater experience for the whole community, while also providing opportunities for children, adults and seniors to participate directly in all aspects of theatre – acting, singing, dancing, set and costume construction, marketing, education and more. Audiences and cast members are racially, culturally and religiously diverse, representing the community at large. Inspired by Artistic Director John R. Leffert, each season CenterStage embarks on ambitious productions of popular Broadway shows with visually stunning sets and costumes, amazing talent and music that will move you. Our mission is to provide consistent quality theater to patrons, and present works of Jewish interest with broad cultural appeal. Sell-out audiences tell us that we’re honoring that tradition and creating a new generation of theatre-goers.

 “A CenterStage season ticket is arguably the best bargain in town, offering Broadway quality productions and an eclectic repertoire.” – Anne Fox Miller, CenterStage Season Subscriber