Big busi­ness makes for some big laughs

‘How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing’ opens at Athens Arts Cen­ter

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A mu­si­cal lam­poon of life on the cor­po­rate lad­der opens tonight, Feb. 15, for eight per­for­mances when “How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing” is pre­sented at the Athens Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Athens, Tenn.

A tune-filled comic gem that took Broad­way by storm, win­ning both the Tony Award for Best Mu­si­cal and a Pulitzer Prize, “How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing” boasts an ex­hil­a­rat­ing score by Frank Loesser that in­cludes “I Be­lieve in You,” “Brother­hood of Man” and “The Com­pany Way.”

The show fol­lows the rise of J. Pier­re­pont Finch, played by Jonathan Berry, who uses a lit­tle hand­book to climb the cor­po­rate lad­der from lowly win­dow washer to high- pow­ered ex­ec­u­tive. Along the way he tack­les fa­mil­iar but po­tent dan­gers such as the ag­gres­sively com­pli­ant “com­pany man,” the of­fice party, back­stab­bing co-work­ers, caf­feine ad­dic­tion and, of course, true love.

It stars sev­eral Athens Arts Cen­ter fa­vorites: Lind­sey Kim­ball, as Finch’s ro­man­tic side­kick, Rose­mary Pilk­ing­ton; Dave Sik­losi as J. B. Big­g­ley, boss of the World Wide Wicket Co. and Lau­ren Brown Shep­herd as a newly minted sec­re­tary.

Round­ing out the cast are Josh Bragg, Emma Bran­nen, G. David Brown, Jedi Ga­bel, Claire Of­futt, David Of­futt, Miriam Of­futt, Sarah Of­futt, Rick Parker, Nathaniel Par­sons, Tyler Peaden, Alexia Tay- lor, Katie Tor­bett, Chris­ten Webb, Jas­mine McDer­mott, Jenny Yates, Blake Chas­tain, Trey Byrge, Nevil Par­sons and Alex Sharp.

“How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing” is di­rected by vet- eran duo, Art Kim­ball and Ellen Kim­ball, with chore­og­ra­phy by Angie Hud­son. It fea­tures live ac­com­pa­ni­ment by Tris­ten Row­land, Dave Led­bet­ter, Pam Thig- pen and Joe Lit­tle­ton.

Tick­ets may be pur­chased at The Arts Cen­ter, on­line at athen­sartscoun­cil.org, or by phone at 423745-8781.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Lau­ren Brown Shep­herd as Hedy, Jonathan Berry as Finch and Lind­sey Kim­ball as Rose­mary, from left.

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