How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1968)


November 8-9, 11-16, 18-23, 1968


Community Players Theatre


The winner of the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” was a satire of big business and all it holds scared. The story follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressive, compliant ‘company man,’ the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine-addiction, and, of course, true love.

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert

Historian’s Corner

In a Pantagraph article for the upcoming musical “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,” the headline stated, “72 Players Prepare for ‘How To…’ Run.” The focus of the article was on how 72 people from all walks of life, from cities and towns all around Bloomington-Normal with various occupations, gather for seven weeks to present something special for the citizens. The 72 participates included an eleven-piece orchestra, backstage personnel, actors, dancers, singers, the production staff, and 56 costumes. Due to the large numbers of people involved with the production, the “Nostalgia” section had to be omitted and would be included in the next program.