UWSP will stage ‘How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying’
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) Theatre and Dance Department will stage a production of the Tony Award-winning show “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.” The show is appropriate for all ages.
Tickets are $21 for adults, $20 for seniors, $16 for youth and $4.50 for students with UWSP ID. Tickets are available at the UWSP Point Information and Tickets Office, located in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, by calling 715-346-4100 or online at tickets.uwsp.edu.
Show times will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, Saturday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
The production will take place in Jenkins Theatre of the Noel Fine Arts Center, UWSP, 1800 Portage St., Stevens Point.
“How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” is a musical comedy about the ins and outs of big business in the early 1960s. The show offers a jazzy Broadway score, humorous dialogue and toe-tapping, Bob Fosse-style dances to songs such as “Coffee Break” and “I Believe in You.” It follows window washer J.P. Finch, played by Drew Swenson of Moorhead, Minn., as he charms his way into the role of company vice president.
“It’s a big crowd pleaser,” said director Mark Hanson, an assistant professor of theatre and dance and coordinator of the musical theatre program at UWSP. “While it takes place long ago, it still works.”
Created from a satirical self-help book, “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” debuted on Broadway in 1961, became a film in 1967 and was revived on Broadway with Matthew Broderick in 1995. Recent revivals have starred Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas. The show has won eight Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.