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WATCH: Cast of CHS’s How to Succeed Performs ‘Brotherhood of Man’

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is playing for six performances only at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ: March 10-12 and March 17-19, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance at https://colhs.booktix.com or at the door while they last.

Video is by Deb Di Gregorio.

Equal parts satirical and sexist, the 1961 hit How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is like a time machine bringing us back to the world of Mad Men. And what a pleasure it was to watch the talented cast of the Columbia High School production knock it out of the park — and into the current century — on opening night.

The story of J. Pierrepont Finch, the ambitious window washer who successfully climbs the ladder at World Wide Wickets, hangs on the performance of its leading (con) man. Hunter Kovacs brings boundless energy and a deep well of talent to the role, turning in a Broadway-worthy performance. By the time he and his fellow executives bring the crowd to its feet for the rousing “Brotherhood of Man,” Kovacs has charmed more than just Rosemary – the whole audience is in love.

Kovacs is ably partnered by a sweet-voiced Ruby Zinner as Rosemary, and supported by an exceptionally strong cast. Josh Ewing is appropriately bratty as Frump, while Luke Grzelewski (J.B. Biggley), Olivia Pryor (Smitty), Cordel Provilon (Gatch), Thomas Fetner (Bratt), India Anderson (Miss Jones), Julian Levy (Mr. Twimble), Madie Reilly (Hedy), Tara White (Miss Krumholtz), Ben Blais (Ovington) and John-Luke Lindstrom (as salt-of-the-earth Chairman Womper) all contribute professional-caliber performances.

The 40-plus ensemble singers and dancers also deserve a call-out for their talent and enthusiasm – they made the show-stopping dance numbers seem both easy and irresistible. Add delightfully retro costumes and a polished student pit band, and you get a fast-paced, smooth production that goes down like a glass of Champagne.

Anyone who has attended a Columbia High School performance knows that musical theatre is something the school does right. Even given that standard, however, this year’s cast, crew, and pit band are among the best. In sum: Run, don’t walk, to see How to Succeed. You’ll enjoy every minute.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is playing for six performances only at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ: March 10-12 and March 17-19, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance at https://colhs.booktix.com or at the door while they last.

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