Further cast details have been announced today for the Gala Concert Presentation of Frank Loesser’s classic 1961 musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Produced by independent promoter Senbla in association with Elliot Davis, British/American actor Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme) and Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple, Dessa Rose, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) join the previously announced Jonathan Groff, Hannah Waddingham and Clive Rowe for this special one-off show at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 19 May.
With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls), and a script by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will be re-imagined as a live concert experience, directed by West End and Broadway director/choreographer Jonathan Butterell (Sweeney Todd, Nine, Fiddler On the Roof), with Mike Dixon as music director who will be conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ollie Rosenblatt (MD of Senbla) and Elliot Davis, co-producers of the concert, commented: “Being able to announce Clarke Peters and Cynthia Eriva alongside the already announced Jonathan Groff, Hannah Waddingham and Clive Rowe makes this concert presentation of How To Succeed a must-see musical event. We could not wish for a finer ensemble of talent to bring this wonderful score and witty book to life.
“Alongside this amazing acting ensemble is a creative team of proven excellence in Mike Dixon as musical director and Jonathan Butterell as director. We have a singular aim in producing How to Succeed and that is to pair the best acting ensemble we can find with the best creative team we can assemble to bring the best possible concerts to the audience. This vision applies to all the musical concerts we are currently producing.”
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