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Farmington Players Present How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying April 24-May 16

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(press release, April 8, 2015)

Getting ahead in life is easy when you follow a “How To” manual. The Farmington Players will wrap up the season with the hit Broadway musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, April 24th-May 16th in Farmington Hills. Reserved seats are available now at or by calling the box office at 248-553-2955. The show won 9 Tony Awards including one for “Best Musical.

Thanks to a series of unorthodox and questionable business practices and the help of a “How To” manual, he rises from a meager window washer to the top of the World Wide Wicket Company.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is directed by Brian Tupper of Farmington Hills and sponsored by TruVista Wealth Advisors. The musical is by Frank Loesser with the book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert. It’s based on Shepherd Mead‘s 1952 book of the same name. The show hit Broadway in 1961 and six years later became a Hollywood movie.royal_services

Assistant Director and Costumer Cynthia Tupper of Farmington Hills says, “Although the show is set in the 60’s, its clever satire of back stabbing big business still rings true today.” Tupper says, “it’s definitely and upbeat show” that will leave audiences humming some big hits when they leave the theater.


Jason Wilhoite of Commerce Township shines as Finch, who transforms from rags to riches, as he soars corporate heights that reach much higher than the windows he washes. It’s a role made famous by Robert Morse (on Broadway and in the film) and later played by Matthew Broderick and Daniel Radcliffe. The part typically demands some

“A-game” vocals, and Wilhoite as a trained singer certainly works his magic.

Wilhoite also milks every ounce of conniving, guile and charm from his character who enjoys enormous amounts of good luck on his way to the top. Sucking up to executives certainly helps, as does flattering the boss’s Secretary


Finch’s tactics may cause audiences to cringe. But he’s so likable and charming and his nemesis Bud Frump is so HowesLocationdistasteful, that crowds will find themselves rooting for Finch to succeed. Bob Cox of Plymouth plays the snarly Frump, who acts like he owns the place because he’s the boss’s nephew, and tries to sabotage Finch every chance he gets. Cox hones his comedic skills and wild body language, concocting a hilarious look at the insecure Frump.

Emilie Tole of Farmington plays Finch’s love interest Rosemary Pilkington who pursues him, remaining loyal as Finch jumps from one promotion to the next. Tole lends an air of sweetness to the character that’s quite magnetic on the stage. She also works her amazing voice for hit numbers like “Happy to Keep his Dinner Warm,” “Paris Original” and “Rosemary.”

Finch’s boss J.B. Biggley played by Dorne LeFere of Metamora is hilarious as the company’s president. He’s tough in business and playful in love with his “air-head” mistress Hedy (Sarah Lovy of Berkley) who draws lots of laughs with a mere walk and a sexy glance. Additionally, LeFere and Wilhoite team up for a side-splitting rendition of “Grand Old Ivy” that’s certainly worth the price of admission.


Another powerful presence is Amy Poirier of Farmington Hills as Biggley’s secretary Miss Jones who becomes Finch’s ally for his mission of advancement. Poirier delivers some astounding vocals in “Brotherhood of Man.”

Steve Woznicki of Royal Oak directs the orchestra through those amazing numbers and more, including hits like, ferndale_pride_2015_02“How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Coffee Break,” “Company Way,” and “I Believe in You.” Those songs are choreographed by Mary Murphy of Milford who worked with the talented ensemble creating some “jaw- dropping” dances based on the Broadway revival choreography, especially in the big number “Brotherhood of Man.”

“Mary took a master dance class in New York with the ‘How to Succeed’ choreographer, who taught her the show stopping number Brotherhood of Man,” says Assistant Director Cynthia Tupper. “So not only does the show feature outstanding voices with all of our leads, but our hard working ensemble has been taught the same Broadway choreography!”


How to Succeed in Business Without Really is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. In January the Farmington Players received an MCACA capital improvement grant to help enhance stage lighting at The Barn. Barn President Maureen Mansfield says the grant money “is more important than people realize. Arts make communities vibrant, welcoming and desirable and thereby increase the local economy,” she says.

“They strengthen the social fabric of the cities we live in.  Students with an education rich in the arts even have a higher GPA.  The Farmington Players are extremely proud and grateful to have received such a generous grant from MCACA.”seed_dc_016_howard_israel_june2015

Tickets for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying are on sale at the box office (248) 553-2955 and also online at



Friday, April             24th -8pm

Saturday, April          25th -8pm

Sunday, April            26th -2pm

Friday, May               1st -8pm

Saturday, May           2nd  -8pm

Sunday, May              3rd   -2pm

Thursday, May            7th  -8pmsteele lindbloom ad

Friday, May                8th    -8pm

Saturday, May            9th   -8pm

Sunday, May             10th   -2pm

Thursday, May         14th   -8pm

Friday, May               15th -8pm

Saturday, May           16th   -8pm



Reserved Seats are available at both and the box office at 248-553-2955.


  • Adults: $20chazzano game ad
  • Students: $18
  • New Senior Pricing: $18 – ($2 off any performance and Seniors Must be 62+).
  • Thrifty Thursday: $18 for everyone ($2 off adult price)
  • Group Discount: $2 off adult price on any show with a group of ten or more people.


The Farmington Players Barn is located at 32332 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills Michigan 48334. It’s the big white barn on the north side of 12 mile between Orchard Lake and Farmington Rd.


How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is sponsored by :

TruVista Wealth Advisors

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