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One book is all Big Bird needs to pretend.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a Broadway musical satirizing big companies and the workplace, as a window washer rises through the ranks thanks to the titular book. It originally ran from 1961 to 1965, with later revivals, national tours, and a 1967 film version. All songs were by Frank Loesser.

References

  • One of the chapter's of Kermit's 2006 book Before You Leap is titled "How to Succeed at Success Without Being Too Trying."
  • "Brotherhood of Man," the third act showstopper, has been performed several times by the Muppets.

Connections

  • Roger Bart played Bud Frump in the 1996 national tour
  • Jeff Blumenkrantz played Bud Frump in the 1995 revival
  • Abe Burrows co-wrote the book and directed the original Broadway production
  • Randy Cohen programmed keyboards for the 2011 revival
  • Anderson Cooper played the voice of the narrator for the 2011 revival
  • Kevin Covert played Mr. Johnson and the TV announcer and understudied Mr. Twimble/Wally Womper in the 2011 revival
  • Darren Criss was a replacement as J. Pierrepont Finch in January 2012 of the 2011 revival
  • Walter Cronkite played the voice of the narrator for the 1995 revival
  • Jonathan Freeman played Mr. Bratt in the 1995 revival
  • Christopher Gattelli was a replacement as one of Biggley's henchmen during the 1995 revival
  • Shauna Hicks played Rosemary Pilkington in the 1996 national tour
  • Justine Johnston played Miss Jones in the 1966 New York City Center Light Opera production
  • Nick Jonas was a replacement as J. Pierrepont Finch from January 24, 2012 through the end of the 2011 revival's run
  • Donna McKechnie played a dancer in the original Broadway production
  • Megan Mullally played Rosemary Pilkington in the 1995 revival
  • Sarah Jessica Parker was a replacement as Rosemary Pilkington during the 1995 revival
  • John Stamos was a replacement as J. Pierrepont Finch during the 1995 revival
  • Jessica Stone was a replacement as Rosemary Pilkington during the 1995 revival
  • Lillias White played Miss Jones in the 1995 revival
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