How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying


Following the advice of a book entitled “How to Succeed in Business” a young window-cleaner, J. Pierrepont Finch, begins a meteoric rise from the mail-room to Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company. Finch’s unorthodox and morally-questionable business practices jeopardize not only his career but also his romance with secretary Rosemary Pilkington.

Director: Rob Ashford
Written by: Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert
Based on: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying by Shepherd Mead
Producers: Broadway Across America, Craig Zaden, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe and Candy Spelling


Daniel Radcliffe – J. Pierrepont Finch
John Larroquette – J.B. Biggley
Rose Hemingway – Rosemary Pilkington
Mary Faber – Smitty
Tammy Blanchard – Hedy La Rue
Christopher Hanke – Bud Frump
Rob Bartlett – Twimble/Womper
Ellen Harvey – Miss Jones
Michael Park – Bert Bratt
Anderson Cooper – Narrator

Tony Performance


How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was performed at the Al Hirschfeld theatre on Broadway, New York. Dan performed in the show from it’s first preview on February 26th until January 1st 2012. He never missed a show during his entire ten month run.

The show continued on without Dan until May 20th 2012, when it closed due to slow ticket sales. Dan was replaced for three weeks by Glee actor Darren Criss. Nick Jonas then took over as Finch until the show closed.

Cast Recording

The cast album was recorded at the Manhatten Center on April 11th 2011. It was released on May 24th 2011. It went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album.


“Radcliffe ultimately succeeds not by overshadowing his fellow cast members, but by working in conscientious harmony with them – and having a blast in the process.” – USA Today

“Radcliffe, the 21-year-old Brit who spent half his life as Harry Potter before starring in “Equus” at the West End and on Broadway, has undergone a crash course in singing, dancing and mugging. Turns out he is proficient at the first, surprisingly adept at the second and especially good at the third.” – Variety

“That makes Mr. Radcliffe the only reason to see the show, and contrary to what the title suggests, this young actor really, really tries.” – New York Times

“In fact, it’s hard to unravel where Finch ends and Radcliffe begins, so thoroughly do the two seem to be entwined in this triumphant performance. On the surface, the British actor – with his squat, compact body and somewhat pasty complexion – seems an unlikely leading man. Though he has a stronger singing voice than Broderick and a limber, go-for-it approach to director Rob Ashford’s exhaustingly acrobatic choreography, he’s not a natural, effortless triple threat. But like Finch, he seems to be tapping into an almost bottomless reserve of willpower and determination to claim his place in the spotlight of a big-budget Broadway musical. Your eyes keep being drawn to him, even if he always lets you see him sweat.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Daniel Radcliffe is so ador able in his Broadway musical debut, you just want to pinch his cheeks. It’s not just his youth — the “Harry Potter” star is 21 — but the endearing amount of dedication and enthusiasm he pours into steering the new revival of ‘How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.'” – NY Post


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