CenterStage Presents Rags to Riches Story How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, presented by CenterStage and Hilliard Lyons, will shine the spotlight on the business world, as a young window-washer rises from the mail room to Vice President of Advertising at World Wide Wicket Company.

This heart and humor-filled saga, perfect for the whole family, runs Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 10, at the Jewish Community Center of Louisville’s Linker Auditorium.

The show is based on Shepherd Mead’s 1952 satirical book of the same name and the revival on Broadway in 2011 staring Daniel Radcliff as J. Pierrepont Finch. Upon following the book’s advice, Finch lands a job in the mailroom, but he does not stay long. He quickly climbs the corporate ladder, rising from the mailroom to the head of plans and systems and ultimately all the way to vice-president of advertising.

“How to Succeed is musical comedy at its best; with amazing music, hilarious stock characters, exciting dances. Not to mention a “rags to riches” story where the “little” guy beats the system.” stated John R. Leffert, CenterStage artistic director. “You are sure to leave the theatre with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.”

The Pulitzer Prize winning musical opened on Broadway in 1961, adding seven Tony Awards and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award to its accolades. It was revived in 1995 starring Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullaly and again in 2011 starring Daniel Radcliff. Music and lyrics were written by Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls) and the book by Abe Burrows, Jack Winstock and Willie Gilbert. How to Succeed is classic Broadway at its best.

How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying is a delightfully irreverent musical poking fun at big business and all that it holds sacred. The musical score includes hit standards “I Believe in You,” “Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm,” “The Company of Men,” “Been a Long Day,” “Rosemary” and “Brotherhood of Man.”

CenterStage and Hilliard Lyons’s production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opens on Thursday, March 31, and runs through Sunday, April 10. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $22 at the door and can be purchased over the phone by calling 502-238-2709 or online at

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