07-17-13 'How to Succeed in Business' on stage at Franklin Opera House this weekend - 227

FRANKLIN — Franklin Footlight Theatre will present the Tony award winning musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" July 18th to the 21st at The Franklin Opera House on Central Street.

Directed by Jule Finley and Jennifer Simpson, the 1960s-based musical follows the meteoric rise of J. Pierrepont Finch in the World Wide Wicket Company — from window washer to chairman of the board by simply following the rules of a book that shares its title with this musical. His encounters along the way include a smitten secretary, the big boss and his paramour and the boss's devious nephew. Based on the book by Shepherd Mean, the musical first appeared on Broadway in 1961 starring Robert Morse with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and the book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert. Subsequent revivals featured Matthew Broderick, Daniel Radcliffe and Nick Jonas.

Filling J. Pierrepont's shoes in Franklin will be Mitchell R. Beroney. Featured players in the cast of more than 40 include Krystal Boynton (Rosemary), Dan Morris (Mr. Biggley), Sheri Collins (Hedy LaRue) and Cameron Brand (Bud). The show is produced through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).
Show times are at 7:30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with matinee performances Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets may be obtained on the Franklin Opera House Website at www.franklinoperahouse.org or by calling the box office at 934-1901.