The boys are back in town and they’re diving straight into the self-help musical ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!’ This time around Jimi and Tommy try and fit ‘How to Succeed’ in a contemporary setting in spite of its blatant misogyny, Jimi muses on whether Bob Fosse is the real reason this show is so successful with the critics and together they work out how to get a Pulitzer prize.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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Our 21st century ‘How To Succeed’ is easily the TV show ‘Mad Men’ which takes the extant misogyny of the 1960s and puts it in the driving seat. Here’s the show’s creator sitting down with Larry King to talk all about it.
For all you law aficionados out there, check out employment law Professor Miriam Cherry’s paper comparing the content of ‘How to Succeed’ with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – who said musical theatre wasn’t relevant in the real world?
When you think ‘How to Succeed’ the last thing you think about is Bob Fosse – but he was there! However, if you watch ‘A Secretary is Not a Toy’ you can he his flexed-footed stamp is well and truly there!
Why do you think ‘How to Succeed’ won the Pulitzer prize for drama? Come over to Reddit and tell us!
A BROOKLYNITE QUIZ QUESTION
The folk-singer-author of our next musical has shared studio space with friend-of-the-podcast Dave Malloy. And her artistic connections clearly reflect this. What show?