Telling the story of a young man's rise up the corporate ladder at a company that is so big no one really knows what anyone else is doing, this revival of How To Succeed is a fun filled comedy with winning performances, joyful dances and some truly comical moments.
|Nick Jonas in the opening number|
Rob Bartlett and Ellen Harvey are still playing Mr. Twimble/Mr. Wopper and Biggley's secretary respectively and like Hemingway and Faber are hitting every comic moment imaginable with Harvey still delivering a phenomenal high note in the second act showstopper "Brotherhood of Man." Tammy Blanchard was out the night we went, so the part of Hedy La Rue, the sexpot girlfriend of Biggley, was played by understudy Paige Faure and while Faure wasn't quite as funny as Blanchard was when we saw her last Spring, she still made a good impression in the part.
The rest of the ensemble is also delivering even better than before with the various choreographed moments and the hijinks are even funnier than I remember. It is nice to see the cast still hitting high marks throughout the show even though the show is coming up on it's 1 year anniversary.
My only quibble, which goes back to my earlier comment about Jonas, is that a song like "Grand Old Ivy" that was a knockout with Radcliffe is now less successful due to the fact that Jonas hasn't quite let himself go in the part. In this song he is supposed to not know the choreography as he is following Bridges as Bridges sings his college's fight song. But where Radcliffe expertly moved a split second behind Laroquette, since he was watching him do the moves first, Jonas is doing the moves at the exact same time as Bridges, which made absolutely no sense, as he isn't supposed to know the movements for this cheer. Jonas is so focused on making sure he does everything correct that he is missing some of the smaller moments like this one where he isn't supposed to know what he should do next. But hopefully in time, Jonas will relax and be even better in the show.
Official Show Site
Highlights from the show including Nick singing parts of three songs:
Nick performs "I Believe In You" -
Nick sings "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert: