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”How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” to be revived in London

Artwork for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Artwork for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
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Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will return to London later this spring, it has been announced.

Frank Loesser and Abe Burrow’s piece, which follows the enterprising J Pierrepont Finch who uses a small hand-book to soar up the corporate ladder, is set to run at Southwark Playhouse from 12 May, with dates through to 17 June.

Director Georgie Rankcom (who helmed the WhatsOnStage Award-nominated Anyone Can Whistle at the same venue) said: “This show has always intrigued me and to have the chance to bring it to life at Southwark Playhouse is incredibly exciting. We hope that this version will resonate with a new generation of theatergoers who will see just how brilliant and incisive the piece really is. Existing fans of the show will see and hear everything they love but presented by a cast and team who represent the society that we live in now.

“We plan to find new and exciting talents to bring this story to life as it’s never been seen before. We’re excited to embrace the absurdity of the show through a modern lens, whilst retaining all the wit and DNA of the original. Expect big laughs, big musical numbers and big heart, all in a small space that allows you to feel like you’re a part of the action.”

Michelle Visage (RuPaul’s Drag Race) will lend her voice to the production as “The Book”, guiding Pierrepont through various business conundrums.

The creative team, led by Rankcom (they/them), features choreographer Alexzandra Sarmiento (she/her), musical director Natalie Pound (she/her), set and costume designer Sophia Pardon (she/her), lighting designer Lucía Sánchez Roldán (she/her), sound designer Jake Johnson (he/him), orchestrator Stuart Morley (he/him), stage manager Waverley Moran (she/they), production manager Misha Mah (they/them), casting director Peter Noden (he/him) and producer / general manager Jodee Conrad (she/her).

Tickets are on sale now via the Southwark Playhouse website.

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