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MusicalFare revives '60s classic 'How to Succeed in Business'

One of the quintessential musicals of the 1960s and most revived shows of all-time is getting a new production in MusicalFare Theatre, where director Chris Kelly’s take on “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” will open April 13.

The show, with a witty score by Frank Loesser and a critically lauded book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, is based loosely on Shepherd Mead’s 1952 book of the same title. That book inspired the show’s creators to devise a story revolving around one J. Pierrepont Finch, who New York Times critic Vincent Canby described as “the most endearingly flawed character ever to scheme his way from window-washer to the top of the corporate ladder.”

Finch, played in MusicalFare’s production by P.J. Tighe (“The Real Thing,” “Red”), takes a whirlwind trip through the strange and intimidating world of corporate America, getting wrapped up in romance along the way. Tighe is joined by a cast of local musical theater veterans including Nicole Cimato, Kelly Copps, Wendy Hall, Tom Owne, Katy Miner and Matt Witten.

“ ‘How to Succeed’ sends up the morals and values of the ’60s, big business and the musical form itself,” Kelly said. “The entire cast and crew has approached the show with deep affection and astute silliness.”

The show won the Pulitzer Prize after its 1962 debut and has been twice revived on Broadway, starring Matthew Broderick in 1996 and Daniel Radcliffe in 2011. Tickets are $43. Call 839-8540 or visit musicalfare.com.

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