“HOW TO SUCCEED” A SUCCESS AT GOODSPEED

BONNIE GOLDBERG

When a bright and ambitious window washer discovers a book on a sure fire way to advance in the corporate world, he takes each lesson to heart as he rides a fast elevator up to top floor success.  You can hold on tight to his coat tails and enjoy the musical journey at The Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam until Sunday, November 28.

“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, choreography by Kelli Barclay and direction by Greg Ganakas is a delight from the sharpened number 2 pencils to the polished leather attaché cases.  The eager beaver young wannabe executive is one J. Pierrepont Finch, embodied in a savvy and smart Brian Sears who knows instinctively how to sell ice to Eskimos in the middle of winter and have them begging for more, sir.

With his trusty guidebook in hand, Finch embarks on a whirlwind corporate takeover at the World Wide Wicket Company, charming his way around and over  the entrenched executives who don’t see the dangers in their midst.  Starting in the mailroom, Finch finds his first nemesis in the form of the boss’s nephew,  a nebishy Bud Frump (Tom Deckman), who uses nepotism and his mama to keep himself employed.

As he climbs each rung of the ladder to the top, Finch wears a three button suit and a smile to ingratiate himself onward and upward.  An encouraging secretary Rosemary (Natalie Bradshaw) is his chief cheerleader along the way.  He manages to inveigle his way into the chief cheese’s office, Mr. J. B. Biggley, (Ronn Carroll), who sets his own sights on the deliciously tempting Hedy LaRue (Nicolette Hart), a lady who has a personal agenda of her own.  The appearance of the Head of the Board Wally Womper (Richard Vida) sets all the memos in order as the rousing “Brotherhood of Men” triumphant chant saves the day.

For tickets ($27.50-71), call the Goodspeed Musicals, 6 Main Street on the Connecticut River in East Haddam, at 860-873-8668 or online at www.goodspeed.org.  Performances are Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., with select performances at 2 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., with select performances at 6:30 p.m.  Thanksgiving week schedule is Monday, November 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, November 27 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 28 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Put on your pin striped suit and your brightest grin and follow an ambitious Finch straight up to the top, definitely passing go and collecting $200. 

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