Tracie Bennett to play J.B. Biggley in ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ at Southwark Playhouse

Double Olivier Award winner, four-time Olivier Award nominee and Tony Award nominee Tracie Bennett will play big boss J.B. Biggley in a new production of the classic musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which will run at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 12 May to Saturday 17 June 2023.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead‘s 1952 book of the same name.

The musical took Broadway by storm in 1961, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize.



A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, it follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (voiced in the Southwark production by Michelle Visage) to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man”, the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.Further casting to be announced.The Creative Team includes: Director Georgie Rankcom (they/them), Choreographer Alexzandra Sarmiento (she/her), Musical Director Natalie Pound (she/her), Set and Costume Designer Sophia Pardon (she/her), Lighting Designer Lucía Sánchez Roldán (she/her), Sound Designer Joshua Robins (he/him), Orchestrator Stuart Morley (he/him), Stage Manager Waverley Moran (she/they), Production Manager Misha Mah (they/them), Casting Director Peter Noden (he/him), and Producer / General Manager Jodee Conrad (she/her).

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