A new production of musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is heading to Southwark Playhouse Borough this spring.
Featuring the voice of Ru Paul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage as ‘The Book’, this revival of Frank Loesser (Guys & Dolls) and Abe Burrows’ Broadway musical is helmed by director Georgie Rankcom.
The show will play the Southwark Playhouse Borough from 12 May to 17 June 2023.
This ‘Best Musical’ Tony Award winner was last revived on Broadway in 2011 starring Daniel Radcliffe.
A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, it follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man”, the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.
Further casting for the show is to be announced.
Joining Georgie Rankcom in the creative team is Choreographer Alexzandra Sarmiento; Musical Director Natalie Pound; Set and Costume Designer Sophia Pardon; Lighting Designer Lucía Sánchez Roldán; Sound Designer Jake Johnson; Orchestrator Stuart Morley; Stage Manager Waverley Moran; Production Manager Misha Mah; Casting Director Peter Noden; and Producer / General Manager Jodee Conrad.
Director Georgie Rankcom (Anyone Can Whistle) said in a press statement: “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.”