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Nov. 11: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama Stages "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," Nov. 12-21


Eric Sloss                     

Carnegie Mellon School of Drama Stages "How To Succeed
In Business Without Really Trying," Nov. 12-21

dramahowtosucceedPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama will present Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilber's musical "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" with guest director Daniel Goldstein, Nov. 12-21.
"This musical is an exhilarating look at the heady world of sexual mores and business folly in the 1960s," said Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama.
Based on Shepherd Mead's book of the same name, the performance features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, choreography by Byron Easley and musical direction by Thomas Douglas. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
"How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" highlights the combustible mix of art and business as it follows the comical story of J. Pierrepont Finch, a young window cleaner with a mind for advancement, on his rapid journey to the top of the corporate ladder. With its roaring cynicism, the musical is an absurd musical that critiques the business world by making light of its idiosyncrasies.
"I want to focus the production on the students themselves," Goldstein said on his approach toward directing the production. "They will actively create the story rather than have it unfold around them."  
Goldstein graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in performance studies. He has directed a broad range of work including new plays, new musicals and classic pieces. Recent credits include "True West" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, "Annie" at The Muny (St. Louis), "Miss Margarida's Way" at Bay Street Theatre (Sag Harbor) and "The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
Ticket prices begin at $25 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid identification from any university or college. For complete ticket prices, call the School of Drama Box Office at 412-268-2407 or visit


Pictured above are Skye Scott as J. Pierrepont Finch and Lora Lee Gayer as Roesmary in "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying." Photo by Louis Stein.