Photo by Don Kellogg

Thursday, March 3, 2011

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Without question an evening of sheer entertainment all-around.  With much riding on his shoulders, Daniel Radcliffe once again proves himself to be right at home on a stage acting, singing, and dancing with the big-boys and girls of Broadway.

Now, with that said, I will say that the entire show is entertaining - a light, amusing, and occasionally cynical book (Burrows, Weinstock & Gilbert), and a fantastic score (Loesser), carry you from start to finish - always with a smile or a wink and a nod.  I will go further and say that this show and this star are a particularly successful marriage made in heaven.  The show carries Mr. Radcliffe and he in turn delivers and delights as we watch him climb the corporate ladder from the mailroom all the way up to the board of directors at the World Wide Wicket Company.

Joining Mr. Radcliffe (J. Pierrepont Finch) in his climb up said ladder are John Larroquette (Mr. Andrews, the president of the company), Tammy Blanchard (Hedy La Rue, his dizzy girlfriend), the uber-adorable and talented Christopher Hanke (Bud Frump, his arch nemesis at the company),  and Ellen Harvey (Miss Jones, secretary to Mr. Andrews) and a Broadway debut for Rose Hemmingway (Rosemary Pilkington, Fitch's girlfriend).  You also just might recognize a familiar yet invisible voice echoing throughout the theatre - Anderson Cooper (the narrator)!  A tremendously energetic and talented supporting cast, chorus, and dance team delightfully round out the entire troupe!  Colorful costumes, brilliant lighting effects, and superbly complex sets never disappoint.  Rob Ashford's brilliant directorial and choreographicial stamp is all over this one.

Merely two weeks into previews and this one is already blowing the roof off the house!  Get your tickets before the location of this secret treasure gets out!