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Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Sunday, June 10, 2018

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In the latest Broadway Center Stage production we follow the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch as he uses a powerful little handbook to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive. Starring Skylar Astin and Betsy Wolfe
Ticket Note: Limited view seats are available for purchase, in person at the box office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600.

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Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem boasting an exhilarating score, the show took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award® for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize. We follow the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, played by Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), 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. Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, Falsettos) stars as Finch's love interest Rosemary Pilkington, and Michael Urie (TV's Ugly Betty, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Hamlet) will take on the role of Finch's rival Bud Frump. Local D.C. favorite Nova Y. Payton (Ragtime at Ford’s Theater, Caroline, or Change at Round House Theatre) joins as secretary Miss Jones. 

They will be joined by John Bolton (Anastasia, A Christmas Story) as Mr. Bratt, John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect, Best in Show) as Biggley, Joaquina Kalukango (The Color Purple) as Smitty, Tony Award® winner Michael McGrath (She Loves Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Mr. Twimble and Wally Womper, and Becki Newton (TV's Ugly Betty) as Hedy La Rue.

The ensemble will feature Darius Barnes, Sean Bell, Lawrence Clayton, Colin Cunliffe, Kaitlyn Davidson, Casey Garvin, Eloise Kropp, Harris Milgrim, Shina Ann Morris, Kristen Piro, Katerina Papacostas, Tally Sessions, Diana Vaden, and Vishal Vaidya.

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Directed by Marc Bruni
Choreography by Denis Jones
Music Direction by Todd Ellison
Set Design by Scott Pask
Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski
Costume Design by Amy Clark
Sound Design by Brian Ronan

Part of Broadway Center Stage
In a semi-staged concert format and joined by talent direct from Broadway and here in our nation’s capital, these performances shine a spotlight on the emotional heart of three beloved stories in compelling new ways—placing the artists, their vision, and their work Center Stage!

Ticket Note: Limited view seats are available for purchase, in person at the box office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600.

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Featured Artists

SkylarAstin_414x522_V2 Skylar Astin
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Watch and Listen

Skylar Astin, Betsy Wolfe and More in Rehearsal for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying