How to Succeed in Business...: Anderson Cooper narrator

How to Succeed in Business...: Anderson Cooper narrator Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper will make his Broadway debut as the voice of the narrator in the 50th Anniversary production of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. Cooper follows in the footsteps of Walter Cronkite who was the voice of the narrator in the 1995 revival of the musical starring Matthew Broderick. Cooper is the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning anchor of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360". Cooper joined CNN in Dec 2001 and served as CNN's weekend anchor before moving to prime time in March 2003 following the war in Iraq. In addition to reporting for CNN, Cooper, an award-winning journalist, also provides reports for CBS's "60 Minutes." Cooper has also signed with Telepictures Productions to host and produce a one-hour daily daytime talk show to be distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. "Dispatches from the Edge," Cooper's memoir about covering the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and other news events, topped the New York Times Bestsellers List and other bestseller charts. The musical stars Daniel Radcliffe as 'J. Pierrepont Finch,' John Larroquette as 'J. B. Biggley,' Christopher J. Hanke as 'Bud Frump,' Tammy Blanchard as 'Hedy La Rue,' Rob Bartlett as 'Twimble/Wally Womper,' Mary Faber as 'Smitty,' Ellen Harvey as 'Miss Jones,' Michael Park as 'Bert Bratt' and introducing in her Broadway debut Rose Hemingway as Radcliffe's onstage romantic interest 'Rosemary Pilkington.' How To Succeed In Business opens at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 27 Mar 2011, following previews from 26 Feb, and booking through to 6 Nov 2011. How To Succeed In Business is directed and choreographed by Tony and Emmy Award-winner Rob Ashford, has music and lyrics by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Frank Loesser, and a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on the book by Shepherd Mead, The show's 29 member cast includes Cameron Adams, Cleve Asbury, Tanya Birl, Kevin Covert, Paige Faure, David Hull, Justin Keyes, Marty Lawson, Erica Mansfield, Barrett Martin, Nick Mayo, Sarah O'Gleby, Stephanie Rothenberg, Megan Sikora, Michaeljon Slinger, Joey Sorge, Matt Wall, Ryan Watkinson, Charlie Williams and Samantha Zack. The creative team features Derek McLane (Sets) Catherine Zuber (Costumes), Howell Binkley (Lighting), Jon Weston (Sound), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations), and David Chase (Music Director and Arranger). With the aid of a trusty self-help book "How To Succeed In Business" wily window washer 'J. Pierrepont Finch' enjoys a riotous rise up the corporate ladder. Will Finch's unorthodox business practices at the World-Wide Wicket Company get him in hot water with the head honcho J.B. Biggley, and jeopardize his romance with secretary Rosemary Pilkington? The score includes the songs, "I Believe in You," "Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm," "The Company Way," "Been a Long Day," "Rosemary," and "Brotherhood of Man." The show is produced by Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams), Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, Candy Spelling, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand and Two Left Feet Productions/PowerArts. How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying opened to critical acclaim at the 46TH Street Theatre (Richard Rodgers) on Broadway in Oct 1961, running for 1,417 performances. The cast starred Robert Morse as Finch, Bonnie Scott as Rosemary, Charles Nelson Reilly as Bud Frump, and Rudy Vallee as the President of the World-Wide Wicket Company. The show won seven Tony Awards including best musical and best book, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical, a Grammy for best original cast show album, and is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 1967, a film based on the musical was released by United Artists, with Morse and Vallee recreating their Broadway roles, with Michele Lee as 'Rosemary.' In 1995, a revival directed by Des McAnuff starring Matthew Broderick as 'Finch' and Megan Mullally as R'osemary' ran for 548 performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Anderson Cooper

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