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Dix Hills Revives ‘How To Succeed’ 

In the Five Towns College production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” J. Pierpont Finch is being played by Christopher Rogers.

“Harry Potter” breathed new life into “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” when actor Daniel Radcliffe took the Broadway stage for the musical’s 2011 revival. Now, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical will open in Dix Hills.

The story is centered around young J. Pierpont Finch, who – with the help of the book “How to Succeed in Business” – rises from window washer to the board of directors at World Wide Wicket Company. The play includes hit songs such as “I Believe in You,” and “The Company Way.”

Showing Nov. 21-24 at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, the production is directed by Professor Marie Danvers. Performances are Thursday-Saturday Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday, Nov. 24 matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 ($15 for seniors and students).

“How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” won seven Tony Awards, a New York Drama Critic’s Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The original play was based upon a book by Shepherd Mead, and was written by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, with music by Frank Loesser. The 1955 book satirized the American rags-to-riches myth, skewering the “Old Boy Network” and icons of American business.

The original 1961 cast at the 46th Street Theater in New York City included Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee, both of whom appeared in the same roles in the 1967 film version following 1,400 Broadway performances. A revival in 1995 at the same theater (by then renamed the Richard Rogers Theater) starred Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullalley, and featured the voice of legendary CBS Evening News anchorman Walter Cronkite as “The Book.” When Broderick and Mullalley left the cast, they were replaced by Broderick’s wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, and actor John Stamos. A second 2011 (50th anniversary) revival starred Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, with the voice of CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper.

In the Five Towns College production, J. Pierpont Finch is being played by Christopher Rogers; Sarita Nash is Rosemary Pilkington; and Jasper B. Biggley is being played by Steven Michel.

The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center is located at Five Towns College, 305 North Service Road in Dix Hills. For more information and ticket sales, contact the box office at 631-656-2148 or visit www.DHPAC.org.

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