How to Succeed: A Big Success

For me, attending Broadway shows is a rarity, so when my family visits it’s always a treat to see some live theatre. This past Saturday my mother, grandparents and I enjoyed the extremely delightful How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Laroquette. My unconditional love of Daniel Radcliffe certainly renders me biased, but I found the entire experience to be pleasant and carefree.

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The show started with Daniel Radcliffe being hoisted up above the audience on a swing. Words cannot express the lightness this brought to my heart. I must say, dear readers, Radcliffe’s performance as J. Pierrepont Finch was truly excellent. One of my worries would be that the cast would lack enthusiasm for a Saturday matinee showing, but I was not disappointed in the slightest. Every actor impressed me, and while they had a bit of a slow start, by intermission the entire audience was having a foot-stomping good time.

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I was really impressed with the supporting performance by Rose Hemingway as Rosemary Pilkington, love interest to Radcliffe’s Finch. That girl has some serious pipes– her voice was one of the only things my near-deaf grandfather could hear well! Her character was decidedly cute, and Hemingway’s portrayal of a lovesick stenographer was convincing and adorable.

At the other end of the spectrum I found Christopher Hanke’s performance as villain Bud Frump hilarious. He portrays the entitled nephew of the boss, and his rivalry with Finch as they race up the corporate ladder is believable and funny.

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I highly recommend a viewing of this show if an opportunity arises. If anything, it’s worth it to see Harry Potter performing dance numbers and singing in an American accent.

Wondering what to do after the final bows? Maybe hit up some karaoke! The Campus Clipper has a pretty sweet deal going with Karaoke Boho. All you need is this coupon and your student ID to sing your heart out!

Olivia, Fordham University 2012

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