How to Succeed In Business
Without Really Trying
by The Company at the Lowry Theatre
8-10 August 2013
Reviewed by Emma Bradley
I have to start this review with a confession, I was eager to see this musical after hearing great things about it however my heart sank slightly when I realised that the show was being performed by a youth theatre company. However, I take back every doubts or worries about quality of this production, whilst the set was simple in its design the acting, singing and choreography was right up there with very best of them. After their initial appearance on stage the age of the actors did not even cross my mind as I was swept along with J Pierrepont Finch up the corporate ladder.
How to succeed in business is a musical set in 1960s New York, it follows J Pierrepont Finch (Joshua Gannon) a window cleaner who buys a book entitled 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' extracts of the book are narrated throughout the show as we watch Finch's attempt to implement the advice given. The rise up the corporate ladder is not an easy one for Finch having to constantly battle for the latest position with the Company President's nephew Bud Frump (Bart Lambert), having to juggle his relationship with secretary Rosemary (Alice Masters) and worst still ending up Vice President of Advertising!
There were so many notable performances in this show that each cast member deserves an individual mention, however the standout who brought about the biggest laughs was undoubtedly Hedy (Danielle Kassarate). The musical numbers were really set off by the superb choreography with not a step missed in the entire performance.
The Company is a youth theatre for young people between 13-23 based in Manchester that holds auditions across the UK, holding shows in Manchester and London. I will certainly be looking out for more shows by them in the future.
How to Succeed in Business is on at the Lowry Theatre until 10th August 2013.
Tickets cost from £10 to £25.
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