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How to Succeed at Gilman: Behind the Scenes of the Spring Musical

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Last night, the “Mad-Men”-era musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opened at Gilman. John Rowell, an English instructor at the school — and the author of the story collection The Music of Your Life – directs. I talked to John about the ups and downs of producing an elaborate musical starring teenage kids. And had the gall to ask him to write a candid quickie review of the show himself. (He publishes theater criticism as well.)

Why did you opt to stage How to Succeed… this spring?

We were inspired to do the show this year after the tremendous success of the show in revival on Broadway last year with Daniel Radcliffe (now with Nick Jonas.) How to Succeed… is a brilliant piece of musical theater; a satire of corporate life and personal ambition, and what it takes to climb the rungs of the corporate ladder to get what you want, no matter what. It’s a cynical story told with charm, good humor and high spirits, and a brilliant, witty score by Frank Loesser. We have a 16-piece professional orchestra, over 100 costumes and sets that constantly move, whirl and change — including a revolving 18-foot elevator!

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