I was looking for another version of Brotherhood of Men from How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying when I came across a super bowl ad where CBS did a parody of the showtune and actually did an awesome job. I completely forgot about this version and was cracking up when I saw it. Not only is it basically all of the stars from a lot of the older shows from the network, but they can actually sing extremely well as well.
What many people forget is that a lot of tv and even movie stars are also able to sing. A lot of them went to school for acting and were also trained how to dance, sing and perform. Depending on which media or type of acting jobs they get cast in determines what talents they get to show off. Just because you’ve never heard them sing or perform before doesn’t mean they can’t. I think that is why I love this super bowl ad parody of Brotherhood of Men from How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying. It has a ton of celebrities that we all know showing that they can actually sing and perform like they are on broadway, instead of just their normal acting roles which we see on tv or in the movies on a regular basis.
This parody is a bit older so some of the characters might not be relevant anymore, but it’s also fun to see which ones and which shows you can recognize. The other fun thing is that the characters in the parody keep their tv show characters’ personas. Because many of the shows take place in an office building, the funny part is they all mesh together and the parody actually works with all of the characters from different shows combined into one song about being in a large corporation. This parody of Brotherhood of Men from How to Succeed in Business is awesome and CBS did an awesome job with it. I think my favorite part is the Betty White comment in the beginning, but there are a ton of other great things they added. Feel free to share your own favorite part in the comments below.
Nick Jonas in How To Succeed in Business Without Ever Really Trying
Last Thursday I was in NYC and couldn’t decide to see Nick Jonas in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Once which is a new musical based on the Oscar winning movie or the opening night of previews for Jesus Christ Superstar. When I thought about the three shows I realized that although the music in Once is absolutely amazing and Jesus Christ Superstar is a classic Andrew Lloyd Webber show, I wanted to see amazing choreography, watch a comedy and enjoy myself. That’s why I chose to go see Nick Jonas in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and add it to my reviews. So are my and my friends Nick Jonas in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying reviews on broadway.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Nick Jonas is about a young man who wants to climb the social ladder at a large corporation and fast. At first you love him and all throughout the show you think he is a sweetheart, until you think about it and think about all of the people he stabbed in the back, used and hurt emotionally. He was a hard worker and very smart, and through pure luck, stabbing people in the back and kissing up, he climbs his way from a window washer to being the Chairman of World Wide Wickets corporation.
J Pierrepont Finch, played by Nick Jonas, also known as Ponchy learns fast from his book, and from gossip that kissing up to the bosses secretary will give you all of the clues on how to win him over and get ahead. The first secretary he runs into is Rosemary Pilkington who ends up falling in love with Ponchy at first site. Throughout the show she loves him and flirts with him and he always breaks her heart. She even tried to resign from working for him and found out that he never even read her resignation. Everyone in the audience loves and feels bad for Rosemary Pilkington, but don’t worry, she has an extremely happy ending. One of the key people that Ponchy meets is Ms. Jones or Jonesy played by Ellen Harvey.
Ms. Jones is the key to Ponchy’s success as she lets him know where the President of World Wide Wickets went to school, that he secretly knits and also his schedule. By Ponchy kissing up to her, she made sure that he was always in the right place at the right time and made sure that nothing bad would ever happen to Finch.
Throughout the show people like Bud Frump try to take Finch (Ponchy down) by giving him bad advice, warning the President of the company about him and even by setting him up in an important meeting to get fired. In the end, the people that were stabbing him in the back all got to keep their jobs, and all of the male characters who tried to help him got fired. When you think about it, people shouldn’t be loving and being happy for Finch or Ponchy, they should be hating him.
You get to meet an amazing mix of characters from Smitty who is a secretary that wants to be a nymphomaniac to Hedy La Rue who is an actual nymphomaniac. You hear incredible songs like A Paris Original, The Brotherhood of Men, I Believe In You, A Secretary is Not a Toy, Rosemary and many more of the songs that made the show famous. Although Nick Jonas did an ok job for his talent level, he was not right for broadway or this part.
I enjoyed watching him, but his voice is very pop rock and not very broadway. He also has issues with volume, being able to sing out and not letting other cast members sing over him on his notes. I was sitting front row center and not only got spit on multiple times while he was singing How to Succeed and I Believe In You, but I got to see very closely how hard he tried. He did do a good job, but he is not a broadway star and was not able to keep up with the professional actors, dancers and talent that made this show. The only reason he got applause was because he is famous. The characters that really stole the show were Jonsey, The guy who played the head of the mail room/tv host/chairman, Rosemary, Smitty and of course Hedy La Rue. If you are a Nick Jonas fan, you should see the show. If you are a How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying fan, I would wait until he leaves and then come back when they have a stronger singer and actor in the role. He does a great job, but my friend and I and a few others all agreed that although he is amazingly talented, he is not made for a major iconic role on broadway like J. Pierppont Finch. So if you want to know if I would recommend it, My How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying reviews are that it is worth seeing if you want to see a fun happy show with amazing dancing, but if you want to see it with a solid leading actor, wait until Nick Jonas leaves.
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So today I learned of probably one revival that could definitely be unique in that it has the talent, but does it have what it takes to “succeed”? It is Daniel Radcliffe in How to succeed in business without ever really trying. I absolutely loved this show with Robert Morse and have quoted it and shown songs like “I Believe In You” in different posts in this blog. When I heard that Anderson Cooper would be playing the voice over for the narrator I was a bit excited, but when they told me Daniel Radcliffe “Harry Potter” would be playing the lead I sort of became curious about the show and if I still wanted to see it. It isn’t because of Daniel, he is amazingly talented, it is just his thick accent performing the part of the main character in the show and if it could actually work.
Sure he was great in the Harry Potter movies and everyone went crazy when he did a show that was slightly off color, but singing in a main stream broadway musical? Do you honestly think this is good? Daniel Radcliffe has done a lot for the theatre community and he has always been supportive of the gay community with his video for the trevor project. I really appreciate everything he has done, but I really don’t think I could get myself to pay to actually have to sit through him singing in How to succeed in business without every really trying. I also thought that bringing Anderson Cooper in to do the narrator’s voice would have been good, especially because of his presence on the news and knowing how to work a mic. Unfortunately when I watched the recording on Daniel’s site it was not exactly the caliber I was hoping for from Anderson. There was no life or inflection or tone in his voice. It was bland and sort of boring at best. Take away the looks of Anderson and his facial expressions and you lose the effect of his voice. Thank god they have access to professional recording studio equipment and they can add the tones and inflections back into his voice.
I really hate being negative, especially when I have never even seen them in the show but I don’t think I could actually convince myself to spend money and see Daniel Radcliffe in How to succeed in business without ever really trying. I am curious enough to see it, but at the same time there are a lot of other new shows and revivals that I would want to see first. It is a good show and I know a bunch of people who are excited to see Daniel Radcliffe in how to succeed in business without ever really trying, but unfortunately I won’t be one of the people spending money on a ticket to this show.
If you do end up going and seeing Daniel Radcliffe in how to succeed in business without every really trying, feel free to come back here, comment and let us know how it is. It could have just been a really bad recording of Anderson trying to act and Daniel is an extremely talented actor so maybe they will pull it off. For now though, I have no desire to spend the money on a broadway ticket to see Daniel Radcliffe in how to succeed in business without ever really trying. My friends are going to see it though so hopefully they will love it and tell me it is worth giving up a better show for this one. Unless that happens and they convince me to buy a ticket and miss a different show, I wish Daniel Radcliffe the best of luck in his new show, the revival of How to succeed in business without ever really trying. It actually should be a good one to see.