For the City Times
Enjoy an entertaining evening of big laughs and song and dance numbers as the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Theatre and Dance Department stages the Tony Award-winning “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” Nov. 6-8 and 11-14.
A musical comedy about the ins and outs of big business in the early 60s, the show offers a jazzy Broadway score, humorous dialogue and toe-tapping, Bob Fosse-style dances to songs like “Coffee Break” and “I Believe in You.” It follows window washer J.P. Finch, played by Drew Swenson of Moorhead, Minn., as he quickly 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 UW-Stevens Point. “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.
Performances will be held in the Jenkins Theatre in the Noel Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, and Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 11-14. A 2 p.m. matinee will be offered Sunday, Nov. 8. It is appropriate for all ages.
Tickets are $21 for adults, $20 for seniors, $16 for youth and $4.50 for students with UW-Stevens Point ID. Tickets are available at the UW-Stevens Point Information and Tickets Office, located in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, by calling 715-346-4100 or at http://tickets.uwsp.edu.