Thursday, February 13, 2020

'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' with a dinner

Power, sex, ambition, greed…it’s just another day at the office in the Alhambra Theater & Dining’s satire of big business.  Perhaps it’s just a strange coincidence that WWW are the initials of the company at the center 1952 book called “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”  In 2020, the musical about a young window washer climbing the corporate ladder to Chairman of the Board might be as relevant as ever – and WWW takes on a whole new meaning.  The Alhambra Theatre and Dining will open its version of the Broadway multiple-award winning drama on February 20, 2020.

About the show & book: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying: The Dastard's Guide to Fame and Fortune” is a humorous 1952 book by Shepherd Mead, inspired by Mead's corporate experiences at the Benton & Bowles advertising agency, which he joined in 1936 as a mail-room clerk, eventually working his way up to a vice-presidency.  During his journey up the corporate ladder, Mead wrote the book in his spare time—before work and on weekends.  The book was a best-seller.
J. Pierrepont Finch, a young man with large ambitions, works as a window washer of the World Wide Wicket Company.  Dreaming of a higher position in the company, he purchases a book that promises to guide him straight to the top of the corporate ladder (without putting forth too much effort). Power, sex, ambition, greed… It’s just another day at the office in this classic satire of big business.

The musical comedy, starred Robert Morse and Rudy Vallée when it opened at the 46th Street Theatre on Broadway in October 1961, running for 1,417 performances.  The show won seven Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle award, and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 1967, a film based on the musical was released by United Artists, with Morse and Vallee re-creating their stage roles.

A 1995 revival was mounted at the same theatre as the original production (now named the Richard Rodgers Theatre).  It ran for 548 performances and starred Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally.  A 50th-anniversary Broadway revival directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford and starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette opened on March 27, 2011, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and ran for 473 performances.  Larroquette and Broderick both took home Tony Awards for their respective portrayals of J. Pierrepont Finch.

Poking fun at life in the business world with themes still pertinent today, the show contains 20 witty and wonderful songs, such as “A Secretary is not a Toy,” “Grand Old Ivy,” an ode to the CEO’s college alma mater, & “Company Way,” a tongue in cheek look at corporate culture.

Said Managing Partner, Craig Smith, “We’ve wanted to do this show for a long time, and because it’s either been on tour or on Broadway, we haven’t been able to.  This is a funny show that whether you’ve spent your life in the corporate world or just been around it, you’ll just nod in agreement with the humor.”

How to Succeed in Business
  Without Really Trying


DATES: February 20 — March 22, 2020

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Friday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7:30 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch served until 12:30 p.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:50 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday February 21, 2020.  Doors open at 5:15 p.m.) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual”, or “Sunday Best”.  There is always complimentary Champagne and Hors d'oeuvres served in the lobby before dinner, on Gala evening and special pastries served after the show.

TICKETS: Prices start at just $40 per person.  Ticket prices include: a plated three-course meal that changes for each show, and is served directly to your table; a Broadway-style performance and complimentary parking.  Tickets may be purchases on line, or by calling (904) 641-1212.
     **Prices do NOT include gratuity, professional photos, nor orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

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