How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

The Ohio Light Opera

Wooster, OH
Professional Theatre

Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert
Based on the novel of the same name by Shepherd Mead
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

June 15 - July 29, 2023

Show Description:

Winner of seven Tony awards—including Best Musical and Best Book—and only the fourth musical to win the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Drama, How to Succeed was, and still is, a breath of Broadway fresh air. Forgoing the formulaic boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl plotline, it tells the story of a young window washer, J. Pierrepont Finch, who—always with his all-foreseeing How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying manual in hand—sets his sights on rising through the ranks of the World Wide Wicket Company. Through wily manipulation of the corporate hierarchy, along with a little encouragement from his doting personal secretary Rosemary and aid from the voluptuous Hedy La Rue, he is finally appointed chairman. Song highlights include Finch’s self-loving “I Believe in You”; “Grand Old Ivy,” his college-fight-song duet with company president Biggley; and the show-stopping, mock-revival “Brotherhood of Man.”

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The Ohio Light Opera
1189 Beall Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691