It's hard to believe that there are only two revivals opening on Broadway this season. Anything Goes and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Lat year there were six with La Cage Aux Folles being the only one that remains. Of course the fact that it won the Tony Award for Best Revival probably has something to do with it. That and the fact that it's author and fellow Tony winner Harvey Fierstein is starring in the show now. Let's fact it most revivals are lucky to last more than a year. Two years if their lucky. Anything Goes starring Tony winners Sutton Foster and Joel Grey is set to begin previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 10 with opening night scheduled for April 7.
I know. I know. You came here to get info about the one starring Harry Potter. So let me get to it. How to Succeed begins previews tonight at the Al Hirscfeld Theatre with opening night set for March 27. Four weeks of previews? Who do they think they are Spider-Man? Just kidding. Four weeks is the normal time allotted for previews. Hear that Julie Taymor? Four weeks. Not four months. Enough Spider-Man bashing. I''ll save that until after they open. Look for my blog in April 2012. Now I actually saw the last revival of the show in 1995.
It starred Matthew Broderick who won a Tony Award for his performance as J. Pierrepont Finch and future sitcom star and Emmy winner Megan Mullally as Rosemary. The show ran for a total of 548 performances and was also nominated for Best Revival of a Musical where it lost that year to ShowBoat. Now when I saw it back in the fall of 1995 it was not with Matthew Broderick but with John Stamos in his Broadway debut. He would of course later go on to star in the revivals of Cabaret, Nine, and last year's big flop Bye, Bye Birdie. Leading the cast of this revival is Daniel Radcliffe A.K.A. Harry Potter as Finch and five time Emmy winner John Larroquette (Night Court, The Practice) as his boss J. B. Biggley.
Directing and choreographing the show is Tony and Emmy winner Rob Ashford who scored a hit with last year's revival of Promises, Promises. Will lighting strike twice? We will soon find out. By the way for those of you wanting to buy tickets to see this charming and funny musical you have come to the right place. Good seats are available for all performances. Not only that but if you call right now you can get them for below face value. This "Special Offer" is only good thru April 24 so don't delay. Get your tickets to see How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The 1950's are alive again on Broadway.
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