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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Deluxe Edition) (1961 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording, Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Frank Loesser , Robert Morse , Bonnie Scott Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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listen  1. OvertureElliot Lawrence 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. How ToRobert Morse;Elliot Lawrence 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm (Remastered 2003)Elliot Lawrence;Bonnie Scott;Claudette Sutherland 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Coffee BreakCharles Nelson Reilly;Claudette Sutherland;Elliot Lawrence 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Company WayRobert Morse;Elliot Lawrence;Sammy Smith 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Company Way (Reprise)Charles Nelson Reilly;Elliot Lawrence 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. A Secretary Is Not a ToyPaul Reed;Elliot Lawrence 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Been a Long DayClaudette Sutherland;Bonnie Scott;Robert Morse;Elliot Lawrence 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Grand Old IvyRobert Morse;Elliot Lawrence;Rudy Vallee 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Paris OriginalBonnie Scott;Claudette Sutherland;Mara Landi;Elliot Lawrence 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. RosemaryRobert Morse;Bonnie Scott;Elliot Lawrence 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Finaletto Act OneRobert Morse;Bonnie Scott;Charles Nelson Reilly;Elliot Lawrence 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Cinderella, DarlingClaudette Sutherland;Elliot Lawrence;Bonnie Scott 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Love from a Heart of GoldRudy Vallee;Virginia Martin;Elliot Lawrence 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. I Believe in You (Remastered 2003)Robert Morse;Elliot Lawrence 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Brotherhood of ManRobert Morse;Sammy Smith;Ruth Kobart;Elliot Lawrence 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. FinaleRobert Morse;Elliot Lawrence;Bonnie Scott 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. "Dear reader...."Walter Cronkite;Matthew Broderick0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. "You have alertly seized your opportunities...."Walter Cronkite0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Been a Long Day (Reprise)Ted Sperling;Jeff Blumenkrantz;Ronn Carroll;Luba Mason 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. How to Succeed (Reprise)Ted Sperling;Victoria Clark;Kristi Lynes 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. "So you are now a vice-president..."Walter Cronkite0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. "How to handle a disaster..."Walter Cronkite0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. "By this time, you are a seasoned exective...."Walter Cronkite0:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Organization Man (Remastered 2003)Frank Loesser 2:45Album Only
listen26. A Secretary Is Not a Toy (Remastered 2003)Frank Loesser 3:49Album Only
listen27. I Believe in You (From "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying")J.J. Johnson;Mundell Lowe 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Brotherhood of Man (From "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying")Woody Herman and His New Thundering Herd;Pete Candoli;Conte Candoli 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Getting the PartRobert Morse 1:17Album Only
listen30. "I Believe in You"Robert Morse 1:56Album Only
listen31. "The Company Way"Robert Morse 1:34Album Only
listen32. The AuditionCharles Nelson Reilly 2:54Album Only
listen33. "Finaletto"Charles Nelson Reilly0:32Album Only
listen34. "Coffee Break"Charles Nelson Reilly 1:20Album Only

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Product Details

  • Performer: Frank Loesser, Robert Morse, Bonnie Scott
  • Audio CD (November 4, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B0000DZ3ID
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's irresistable -- get the original! July 18, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Sure, the new recording with Matthew Broderick has jazzy orchestrations and more numbers, but the original with Robert Morse, Bonnie Scott and Rudy Vallee is still the way to go.

Less experienced listeners may have their heads turned by big orchestration changes and recognizable movie star names on the marquee, but the original recording boasts Tony winners Robert Morse and Charles Nelson Reilly (a riot!). Then there's Bonnie Scott, whose portrayal of Rosemary has a more appealing sound than that of the revival. Plus, for all the extra numbers included in the 1995 recording, they cut the original Act 2 opener, "Cinderella Darling."

The bottom line? This original recording is truer to the creators' intent and more in keeping with the integrity of Frank Loesser's (my favorite "golden age" Broadway composer) fabulous score. Broderick is good (also a Tony winner!), but Morse and company give the definitive performances. I mean please, would you buy a "Hello, Dolly!" without Carol Channing? I didn't think so. It's much the same with Morse, Reilly, Scott and Vallee. Stick with the original.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real life fairy tale... July 8, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Many people have come into contact with and grown to love Frank Loesser's work through his most famous musical, the wonderful Guys and Dolls, but in my opinion this is infinitly superior and no broadway collection can be said to be complete without it. I immediately fell in love with this musical, but at first I was unable to see wherein the charm actually lay. The music, while catchy and fun to listen to, is not extraordinary, and, while Loesser's lyrics are clever and creative, he is certainly not my favorite lyricsist. The cast is excellent and perfectly suited to the piece, but that is the case in many of the original cast recordings of the best broadway musicals. And yet, despite not being overwhelmed by it, I could not stop listening to it. At length, I concluded that it is the story and the nonchalant, carefree feeling of the piece that captivates me. Each character is somehow endearing, in every song it is possible to relate to their emotions and desires, and yet, at the same time, it is so light and funny; at times it is as if nothing could shatter the playful frolicing world Loesser has created. Musicals are usually built around unusual events or are set in unusual places; it is the very simplicity that makes this recording so endearing, the idea is such a basic one, a young man trying to make his way in the world, and yet he goes about it in such an unorthadox fashion that the audience is instantly charmed and sucked into the story. From the first moment that he appears on stage we want him to succeed. That is the mark of a good musical. This down to earth, innocent style is especially well embodied by Robert Morse and his Rosemary, Bonnie Scott. It is impossible to listen to Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm or I Believe in You without a smile coming to your lips. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This irresistible New York original September 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
By 1961 most successful Broadway musicals were adaptations of novels or stage plays, and the whole idea of a workable musical satire was something that had seemed to gone out with the Gershwins. Then out of almost nowhere came this Abe Burrows-Frank Loesser work based on Shephard Mead's satirical (and non-narrative) take on the post-War rat race, and the critics went wild: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING was considered the freshest breath of air on Broadway since MY FAIR LADY, and was a tremendous popular success, running through 1,417 performances. Its perennial cleverness, which is reminiscent of nothing quite so much as Gilbert and Sullivan's better satirical operettas, has been testified to by the success of the mid 90s Broadway revival (with Matthew Broderick), the innumerable high school and community theater productions since, and its tonal influence on the recent television critical hit MAD MEN. But this original Broadway recording has a special quality that deserves consideration all on its own, if only for the definitive rendition of its hero, J. Pierrepont Finch, by Robert Morse, its memorable performance in the heroine's part of Rosemary by Bonnie Scott (who did practically nothing else on Broadway), and its stunning orchestrations (which were successfully jazzily revamped for the 90s version, but which in their original form retain their own special form of charm).

There's no other very successful Broadway musical from the Golden Age of the genre quite like this in that not a single number from it became anything like a standard. The two catchiest numbers (the ballad "I Believe in You" and the showstopping finale "The Brotherhood of Man") are represented here in alternative form as extras on this disk by jazz recordings by J. J.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original is often best February 17, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I enjoy this CD very much mainly because I saw this original production. However, rather than recommending the Matthew Broderick version for those who were not satisfied with this CD, I suggest you find the movie sound track. The score is a bit more lush and Michelle Lee is the best Rosemary ever. Her version of "I Believe in You" surpasses anyone's. Scott didn't stay in the Broadway show long and was replaced by Lee, I believe. See the movie! The movie soundtrack includes the Coffee Break number, which was filmed for the movie but not used.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by titsj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great iconic fifties musical!
After Robert Morse's graceful exit on 'Madmen' I had to hear his voice once again as it was in his prime. I wasn't disappointed!
I already listened to this a million times! Read more
Published 1 month ago by barbp
5.0 out of 5 stars No complaints
This is a great CD. I used it to help myself get ready for playing in the orchestra for this musical.
Published 4 months ago by Skylor Katz
4.0 out of 5 stars All Business is Show Business
"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is a musical that Don Draper would had gone to see after a hard day of flirting, backstabbing, and three-hour lunching at... Read more
Published 16 months ago by HollyNYC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD of "How To Succeed--" Eco Friendly packaging
"How To Succeed--" eco-friendly packaging works just fine for me. It has everything I want, including CD (much better than the new Broadway version) and a great pamphlet... Read more
Published 17 months ago by joejohn
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG BRASSY LIVELY FUN
This is not one of my favorite Loesser scores but this original cast recording give it there all and the final product is a lot of fun and lively enough to keep you listening but... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Calicokid
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back the years
Always loved this recording...have it on tape. on quarter track 7 in reel. The digital recording seems to be a little clearer. This is the best recording.... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Marvin Showalter
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Recording--Though 2011 Broadway Cast CD is Better
My introduction to this musical was through having seen the current Broadway revival featuring Daniel Radcliffe and John Laroquette. Read more
Published on November 29, 2011 by Stephen C. Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the original Broadway production.
I saw the original Broadway production of How to Succeed in the early '60s with the original actors. (I still have the Playbill. Read more
Published on August 2, 2010 by Liberty Belle
5.0 out of 5 stars "How to Succeed", succeeds...
When I was a kid I stood in front of the stereo and sang along with Robert Morse and Charles Nelson Reilly. Read more
Published on June 26, 2010 by John Pitacciato
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