How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying


the story

Following the advice of a book entitled "How to Succeed in Business" a young window-cleaner, J Pierrepont Finch, begins a meteoric rise from the mail-room to Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company. Finch's unorthodox and morally-questionable business practices jeopardize not only his career but also his romance with Secretary Rosemary Pilkington.

The Team

Book: Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert (based on the book by Shepherd Mead)

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser

Director: Des McAnuff

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Victoria Clark, Ronn Carroll, Megan Mullally


Nominated for 4 Tony Awards® and 2 Drama Desk Awards.

1995 Tony Awards

  • Best Actor in a Musical (Matthew Broderick)


  • Best Revival of a Musical
  • Best Choreography (Wayne Cilento)
  • Best Direction of a Musical (Des McAnuff)

1995 Drama Desk Award

  • Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Matthew Broderick)


  • Outstanding Musical