How to Succeed in Business: new and familiar faces grace Murray Music and Drama Club’s latest play


Members of the board in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Members of the board in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

NEW and familiar faces are scattered throughout Murray Music and Drama Club’s latest offering – the 1950s award-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

The cabaret production concerns the young and ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch, who with the help of his handbook How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying rises from being a lowly window cleaner to chairman of the board of a worldwide company.

Frank Loesser based his hit musical on the 1952 satire on big business and all it holds sacred by Shepherd Mead, also based on a true story.

Finch is played by Perth newcomer to Murray Music and Drama Club James Pinneri.

Pinneri, together with love interest Rosemary, played by Isabella Bourgault du Coudray, who travelled from Perth two nights a week for rehearsals, make an attractive romantic couple.

Lori Anders again plays the role of a ditzy blonde (or redhead in this case), a role she obviously enjoys and plays so well.

The songs are mostly unfamiliar, although I Believe in You could have the audience wondering where they heard it before (covers by Frank Sinatra and Shirley Bassey among others) and the rollicking Brotherhood of Man, arguably one of the catchiest toe-tappers ever to grace the Pinjarra Civic Centre stage.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying plays Pinjarra Civic Centre for the next two weekends.

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