Ironically, if the imaginary how-to book referenced in the title of the stage musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying were about show business, its words of advice might include “Give your show a title much shorter than How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Because most of the biggies sport brief names: Camelot. My Fair Lady. Fiddler on the Roof. Cabaret. But How to Succeed has indeed succeeded nevertheless, from its 1961 première to two Broadway revivals in the past 20 years -- the most recent starring Daniel Radcliffe, entirely not nude. (What? It can’t be just us whose minds go to Equus first when we feed Radcliffe and Broadway into our internal search engine.)
Trivia aside, the story of J. Pierrepont Finch’s rise from mailroom to boardroom includes romance, intrigue, and a pack of zippy showtunes. Theater Works presents How to Succeed through Sunday, November 9, at 8355 West Peoria Avenue in Peoria. Curtain time Friday, October 31, is 7:30 p.m. Book your seats, $35 each, at www.tickets.theaterworks.org or 623-815-7930.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 26, 2 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 29, 2 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 1, 1 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 25. Continues through Nov. 8, 2014