Is there a show that you saw on Broadway that you miss like crazy now that it’s gone? I have a few, but the one that stands out is How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I saw the Broadway revival in of the show in 2011 and 2012 countless times when it was on Broadway. It starred Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette. Radcliffe played J. Pierrepont Finch, and he was outstanding in this role. I loved the part where he sang “Brotherhood of Men” andhe convinced his boss not to fire him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69WpCBLrdSQ. I also really liked Christopher Hanke as Bud Frump. When he sang his coffee break song, the lyrics and his facial expressions were priceless, and the cast dancing around him trying to get the last cup of coffee just made me laugh.
When Darren Criss succeeded Radcliffe in the role of J. Pierrepont Finch for a limited three-week engagement from January 3–22 in 2012, of course I had to go see the show to see if he was as good as Radcliffe. Criss did a great job, but I liked Radcliffe’s performance better. But, honestly, my favorite J. Pierrepont Finch was Nick Jonas, who took over the role of Finch on January 24, 2012. He added so much to Finch and really seemed to connect with him from the very first scene as the window washer. His acting, singing, and dancing was spot on, and when he sang the song about falling in love with Rosemary, you felt his passion. I really enjoyed the show every time I saw it, and I was so sad when it closed on May 20, 2012. I hope I get to see a revival of it again one day soon.
54 Below just had a performance of just the songs. If they brought that cast to Broadway, I wouldn’t hate it. Josh Grisetti’s take on Finch was really great. His voice is amazing. Ginna Claire Mason, who played Rosemary, was so sweet and innocent. George Salazar as Bud and the rest of the cast did a great job with “Ccoffee Break”; I just wanted to get on stage and sing with them. I also liked “Brotherhood of Men” — the way they did it they added more of a jazzy touch to it, for a very different feel from this past production on Broadway. Bottom line: if they did this 54 Below concert again, I would get front row seats.
Shout out to Michael Park who was in the Broadway cast! So excited he’s coming back to Broadway soon in Dear Evan Hansen! Enter to here win cool merchandise from the show!
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