Thursday, 30 June 2011

NY Must Do: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Multi-talented Daniel Radcliffe loses the accent
One of my to-do items on my New York City list was to see a musical and at first tried to get tickets to Book of Mormon which recently won a slew of Tonys. It's created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, better known for South Park. It's a parody on some young Mormons who go to Africa to spread the Gospel and hilarity ensues.

However my attempt to buy tickets came after the Tony awards were handed out and hence the chance to go see the musical was practically nil. My second pick was another musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and we ended up getting the $92 seats which were close to the nosebleed section in the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (the cartoonist who used to write the name Nina in his work).

Daniel Radcliffe (fifth from the left) with John Larroquette
I'm glad we made this pick, not just because of Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe but also John Larroquette. The latter was famous in the 1980s for his portrayal of lecherous defense attorney Dan Fielding in the comedy Night Court. So it was no surprise that when Larroquette came out there was thunderous applause, which he surely appreciated.

The musical is based on the satirical 1952 book of the same name by Shepherd Mead, a how-to book on getting ahead in the corporate world. Radcliffe is Finch, an ambitious window washer who uses the handbook to help him climb the corporate ladder in the World Wide Wicket Company, of which Larroquette's JB Biggley is the president.

Al Hirschfeld
Both stars are fantastic in the show -- Radcliffe in particular for not only does he lose his English accent thanks to a dialect coach, but also sings and dances his heart out, particularly in a scene involving football. Larroquette has the comedic touch and a sprinkling of sarcasm in between.

While there are one or two songs that slow the pace of the show, overall it's entertaining and funny.

Oh and the narrator of the book is CNN's Anderson Cooper. One wonders if this will be his foray into acting....?

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Al Hirshfeld Theatre
302 West 45th Street (Between 8th and 9th avenues)
New York, NY

1 comment:

  1. glad to see daniel radcliffe has outgrown his harry porter's shadow and establishes himself as an 'adult' now. wishing him every success.