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50th Anniversary production of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette. The album, produced by five-time Grammy nominee Robert Sher, was recorded by the cast and orchestra on at the legendary Manhattan Center in New York City. How To Succeed... has music and lyrics by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Frank Loesser, and a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on the book by Shepherd Mead.

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HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, directed and choreographed by Tony and Emmy Award-winner Rob Ashford, stars Daniel Radcliffe as J. Pierrepont Finch, John Larroquette as J. B. Biggley, introduces in her Broadway debut Rose Hemingway as Radcliffe's onstage romantic interest Rosemary Pilkington, Tammy Blanchard as Hedy La Rue, Christopher J. Hanke as Bud Frump, Rob Bartlett as Twimble/Wally Womper, Mary Faber as Smitty, Ellen Harvey as Miss Jones, Michael Park as Bert Bratt, and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper making his Broadway debut as the voice of the narrator. The cast of 30 includes Cameron Adams, Cleve Asbury, Tanya Birl, Kevin Covert, Paige Faure, David Hull, Justin Keyes, Marty Lawson, Erica Mansfield, Barrett Martin, Nick Mayo, Sarah O'Gleby, Stephanie Rothenberg, Megan Sikora, Michaeljon Slinger, Joey Sorge, Matt Wall, Ryan Watkinson, Charlie Williams and Samantha Zack.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture
  2. How To Succeed
  3. Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm
  4. Coffee Break
  5. Company Way
  6. Company Way (Reprise)
  7. Rosemary's Philosophy
  8. A Secretary Is Not A Toy
  9. Been A Long Day
  10. Been A Long Day (Reprise)
  11. Grand Old Ivy
  12. Paris Original
  13. Rosemary
  14. Act I Finale
  15. Cinderella, Darling
  16. Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm (Reprise)
  17. Love From A Heart of Gold
  18. I Believe In You
  19. Pirate Dance
  20. I Believe In You (Reprise)
  21. Brotherhood of Man
  22. Finale

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Verve
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Walters on June 10, 2011
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On the New Broadway Cast Recording of How to Succeed... - which pays heavy homage to the recent resurgence of 60's nostalgia- listeners are treated to one of the most comprehensive and complete recordings of this score to date. It's little wonder that this show received a revival during this period - especially when you consider that most of these "new" 60's period musicals don't have scores with the verve, wit or the musical style in which Loesser excelled. No new recording will ever replace the near-perfect original cast album, with signature performances by Robert Morse, Rudy Vallee, virginia Martin, Boinnie Scott, Claudette Sutherland, Ruth Kobart and Sammy Smith. Why bother? UNLESS.. you have a new, fresh and different take on a classic. I sincerely believe this new recording has a reason for being.. and folks, it really has little or nothing to do with Daniel Radcliffe.

As we all know, a cast recording is typically the only permanent record of a show, so it's very possible that actors acquit themselves far better (or far worse)on the record than they do in the theatre. I fully admit I have seen very little of this production, so I am basing it all on the CD.

A huge tip of the hat to producer Robert Sher for once again knowing his audience. This album will sell widely to the Harry Potter fanatics - most of whom have probably never purchased a Broadway Cast Album in their lives. (so despite Radcliffe's Tony snub, he IS putting butts in the seats and he WILL sell CD's. Sher wisely knows that any new recording of a show has to have a unique hook to get theatre fanatics to shell out the money for a cast album of a show of which they already own two versions. Sher, like J Pierrepont Finch, succeeds on all levels.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Secaur on June 13, 2011
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"How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" is more than just a mouthful of a title. It is also a genuinely good musical, possessing the stuff of classic Broadway magic to make it one: flashiness and spectacle; humor; catchy, unforgettable songs; a stellar cast to sing them; and at its core, an unshakable quantity of heart; which, unfortunately, lacks in many musicals of today.

I am a huge fan of musicals, but to be perfectly honest, I had never heard of this show before last year. I admit I probably would not have been interested in it at all except for the fact that Daniel Radcliffe was going to try his hand at playing the lead role; but let me tell you that I was completely blown away by how genuinely fabulous this show is.

Frank Loesser contributed one of his best musical efforts to "Succeed" and it shows, from the witty lyrics and one-liners to the clever and unforgettable songs that tie the story's intermittent bouts of insane comedy and sincere emotion into one cohesive whole. His classy, unforgettable score sounds even more fantastic with new orchestrations and crystal-clear recording quality. The 14-piece orchestra featured here seems bigger than it actually is, and brings something of a big-band flair to the retro-1960's songs. My favorite songs are without question "I Believe In You" and "Brotherhood of Man", which is one of the best showstoppers in all of musical theatre.

Director/Choreographer Rob Ashford created a gem for today's Broadway fans by chosing to helm this fabulous 50th anniversary revival production. There is no doubt in my mind that it is the definitive recording of this great show, supplanting the previous revival, the film version, and for some, even the original cast recording.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan Montgomery on July 13, 2011
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What a pleasure it is to hear this vibrant recording. Daniel Ratcliff and others deliver stellar performances. More important, the CD has a large portion of the score. This isn't a 45 minute LP transfer. It's nearly the whole thing, Reprises included. The score sparkles. Harry, uh, Daniel may not have the most vibrant voice, but then neither did either predecessor on Broadway in his role. Robert Morse's voice was not this vibrant. It's the personality that has to come through. It's a shame that DR received no awards for this performance, because any actor that can carry a show like this deserves that applause. John Larroquette does well, too, of course, but it's Finch's star that is rising in "business, without really trying."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey R. Beck on June 16, 2011
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Having grown up on the Robert Morse original cast album, and having seen Matthew Broderick's Tony Award winning performance, the last priority for me was yet another recording of this terrific score.

When I heard about the revival, I thought it was just a gimmick to attract Harry Potter fans. What a wonderful surprise, then, to discover that Daniel Radcliffe CAN sing and really act. Based on "Brotherhood of Man" performed on Letterman and Tony Awards, he can dance as well.

Morse remains my favorite Finch. But Radcliffe is way ahead of Broderick for second place. Based on what I've heard and seen, Radcliffe WAS snubbed by the Tony Awards committee, and deserved to be nominated. If he tours with the revival, I will definitely go see it. Have a listen to this CD--you'll be very surprised and you won't be disappointed.
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