If you are trying to succeed at finding musical entertainment, look no further than Community Players’ “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” This musical comedy classic opens Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. and runs Feb 16, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.
The box office, located at 412 Ella St., Beatrice, is open weekdays from noon to 5:30 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. Reservations can also be made by calling (402) 228-1801 or online at www.beatricecommunityplayers.com.
The hit musical comedy is a tongue-in-cheek show that lampoons everything to do with climbing the corporate ladder of success, from getting the job, to office romances, to backstabbing co-workers, to the ever- important coffee break. From the authors of "Guys and Dolls," the show follows J. Pierpont Finch, a lowly window washer, who has a guidebook on how to succeed at business. Armed with timely advice from his book, he quickly works his way up the company, dodging love and a jealous co-worker. Comedy ensues when he finally needs to produce results or risk losing his job.
“How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” won a Tony Award for Best Musical as well as a Pulitzer Prize for drama. It has been revived twice on Broadway, most recently in 2011 in a production that featured Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette.
"Pretty much anyone who has ever had a job can find some humor and fun in this show," said Jamie Ulmer, Community Players Managing Artistic Director.
“When people say, 'they don't write them like they used to,' it really applies to shows like this," Ulmer said. "It does such a great job of weaving together clever songs and smart, witty dialogue."
Playing Finch is Matt Jurgens with Robert Montgomery as his corporate foe Bud Frump. Capri Cutchin is love-struck Rosemary, and Linda Gibbs is her best friend. David Montgomery is J.B. Biggley the company CEO, and Claire Watkins is Hedy La Rue his not-so-secret girlfriend. Dennis Byars makes a special appearance as the voice of the narrator.
Additional cast members are Daniel Craven, Brandon Clark, Noah Snurr, Jason Shonerd, Judy Anderson, Callan Williams, Ronnie Cornelius, Natasha Mortensen, Sam Rennick, Allana Daubendiek, Jesse Meints, and Stacie Lightner. The show is directed by Jamie Ulmer, with music direction by Lisa Steiner. The choreographer is Bethany Walker.
Ticket prices for “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” are $18 for adults and $10 for students. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
The production is sponsored by the Security First Bank.
For more information, call 402-228-1801 or visit www.beatricecommunityplayers.com.