How exactly do you succeed in business without really trying? Well, simply ask J. Pierpont Finch, whose goal was to make it in a big business firm in Holy Ghost Prep's production of the Tony Award-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The show was chock-full of comedy, romance, and, of course, scheming to get to the top.
A satire of life in the big corporate world, How to Succeed follows Finch, who uses a handbook appropriately titled How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to climb his way from mere window washer to powerful executive while dealing with many troubles along the way, including conniving co-workers in the form of the boss' nephew, office parties, and romance.
Brian Bateman starred as Finch, the brash but endearing young man striving to climb the corporate ladder. Bateman's staggering singing voice shone in numbers such as "I Believe in You" and "Rosemary."
Ken Sullivan, as the whiny nephew, Bud Frump, contributed to much of the show's comedic overtone with his wild outfits and snappy "Oles!" Tom Reis as the company president, Biggley, along with Erica-Anne Bosman as sexpot secretary Hedy, were an entertaining pair, especially with their song, "Love From a Heart of Gold."
Holy Ghost's orchestra provided a lively and booming sound for the show without overpowering the scenes. The tech crew was also effective with adequate sound and lighting and discreet and quick movement from the stage crew.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is guaranteed to appeal to anyone who has worked in the business world, and with its quirky sense of humor, Holy Ghost's musical is a fun and worthwhile show to see, which may even inspire some to try to succeed, but "without really trying."