Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying | The Kennedy Center


Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem boasting an exhilarating score, the show took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award® for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize. We follow the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, played by Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), who uses a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive. Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, Falsettos) stars as Finch's love interest Rosemary Pilkington, and Michael Urie (TV's Ugly Betty, Shakespeare Theatre Company's Hamlet) takes on the role of Finch's rival Bud Frump. Local D.C. favorite Nova Y. Payton (Ragtime at Ford's Theater, Caroline, or Change at Round House Theatre) joins as secretary Miss Jones. They are joined by John Bolton (Anastasia, A Christmas Story) as Mr. Bratt, John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect, Best in Show) as Biggley, Joaquina Kalukango (The Color Purple) as Smitty, Tony Award® winner Michael McGrath (She Loves Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Mr. Twimble and Wally Womper, and Becki Newton (TV's Ugly Betty) as Hedy La Rue. The ensemble features Darius Barnes, Sean Bell, Lawrence Clayton, Colin Cunliffe, Kaitlyn Davidson, Casey Garvin, Eloise Kropp, Harris Milgrim, Shina Ann Morris, Kristen Piro, Katerina Papacostas, Tally Sessions, Diana Vaden, and Vishal Vaidya. Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Directed by Marc Bruni Choreography by Denis Jones Music Direction by Todd Ellison Set Design by Scott Pask Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski Costume Design by Amy Clark Sound Design by Brian Ronan Part of Broadway Center Stage In a semi-staged concert format and joined by talent direct from Broadway and here in our nation's capital, these performances shine a spotlight on the emotional heart of three beloved stories in compelling new ways-placing the artists, their vision, and their work Center Stage! June 6 - 10, 2018 at The Kennedy Center Subscribe to The Kennedy Center!

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