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The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on October 14, 1961 and it was an instant smash, with both critics and audiences raving about everything ? the book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, the brilliant score by Loesser, the cast, led by the inimitable young Robert Morse and the older but equally inimitable Rudy Vallee, the musical staging by Bob Fosse, and Burrows? direction.
It had an amazing run of 1,417 performances and won seven Tony Awards. There was a successful national tour starring Dick Kallman.
Of course, with a smash like that it was inevitable that the show would receive a London production and so it did ? that production opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on March 28, 1963, where it had a very healthy run of 520 performances. For that production, it was an entirely new company, led by the inimitable Warren Berlinger, already a Broadwy vet by that time, and the inimitable Billy De Wolfe in the Vallee role. The London cast album was released soon after the show opened, and it is delightful. Berlinger is wonderful as Finch, and Billy De Wolfe is a fantastic Biggley, and the rest of the cast are equally fun.
If you?re a fan of London cast recordings of Broadway shows, this one?s a must. We?ve also included a nice number of bonus tracks, selections from the World Record Club knock-off of the show, with the Mike Sammes Singers, full orchestra, and that has its own delights.
The original London cast recording of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is limited to 500 copies only.
? Overture/How To Succeed
? Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm
? The Company Way
A Secretary is Not a Toy
? Been a Long Day
Grand Old Ivy
? Cinderella, Darling
Love From a Heart of Gold
? I Believe in You
Brotherhood of Man
Roy Lowe Produced by Hugh Mendl
World Record Club Cover Version Overture and How To Succeed
Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm
The Company Way
A Secretary Is Not a Toy
Been a Long Day
I Believe in You
Brotherhood of Man
Conducted by Alan Braden
The Mike Sammes Singers and Chorus Produced by Cyril Ornadel