March Productions
Goodwood Institute Theatre
Until 08 Mar 2020

Review by Janice Bailey

March Productions current show ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ at Goodwood Theatre is a high energy, fast-paced show. Director Michelle Davy has assembled a young cast who bring the show to life with bucketloads of talent.

Set in the 1960s when women in the workforce were confined to the secretarial pool until they were married and men were on a steady climb up the corporate ladder, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning show features toe-tapping and memorable music. Under the baton of experienced and capable music director Mark Delaine, the orchestra brings the music to life. Brady Lloyd’s choreography is refreshing and innovative and these young people make it look easy. From the opening number, ‘How to Succeed’, each person – whether ensemble or lead – performs with passion, enthusiasm and sheer talent.

The story revolves around J Pierrepont Finch, who rises from window cleaner to Chairman of the Board of the Worldwide Wicket Company. Harry McGinty is outstanding as Finch and performs with a natural ease, embodying the true essence of the leading man – he sings well, makes dancing look effortless and looks good!

Sienna Bertram as Rosemary who has her dreams wrapped up in Finch from the outset, looks beautiful and fills the stage in her solo numbers.

Prue Cassar is wonderful as vamp Hedy Larue, demonstrating great comic timing and understanding of her character. Each of the main characters is integral to the overall performance and not one lets down the team. In the big numbers, the ensemble fills the stage, demonstrating their obvious talent and highlighting the importance of a good ensemble in a musical.

Costume co-ordinator Sue Winston, with assistants Sanita Grover and Rebecca Lines, have again provided spectacular costuming which literally shines in the big musical numbers.
Producer Alice Kennett should be very proud of the opportunities March Productions is providing for young performers and the entertainment and joy their shows bring to Adelaide audiences.

NB: There are two principal casts for this show.