New El Dorado Musical Theatre show isn't business as usual for cast

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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What: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre

When: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; special Thursday show 7 p.m. April 25 (bargain night); special Sunday evening show 6 p.m. (bargain night); Through May 5

Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom

Tickets: $18-$28; Premium $36; Bargain Night $14.75 all seats

Info:;; (916) 608-6888

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Getting ahead in business is fodder for many TV shows, movies, books and theatrical productions, but El Dorado Musical Theatre’s latest production skewers the early 1960s business world.

“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” serves not only as the title of the musical and the 1952 book upon which it’s based, but the fictional how-to book on which the lead character relies to weasel his way in front of others for promotions and raises at the World Wide Wicket Company.

J. Pierrepont Finch is ably played by Andrew Wilson in the version I saw on a Friday night but the role is also shared by Stefan Sorgea in the Ivy Cast. Finch is a window washer who uses the tips from the book to land a job at the company, eventually maneuvering up the career ladder to a vice president title.

Along the way, he manages to fall head-over-heels for Rosemary Pilkington (Julia Adams in the Wickets Cast, Carly Speno in the Ivy Cast), a pretty secretary at the company. He also runs across the ditzy Hedy Larue (Kaileen Teter in Wickets Cast, Anjie Rose Wilson in Ivy Cast), the secret mistress of company boss JB Biggley (Alex Levy in Wickets Cast, Zackary Royal in Ivy Cast).

I happened to catch the Wickets Cast at the Friday opening night. They did a superb job, as always, and were spot on. Andrew Wilson always impresses me, as does Kaileen Teter and Adams. I’ve seen Levy in a few other productions and think he was a great choice for the role of the on-the-surface-stuffy boss.

All those listed so far are standouts in my book. A friend, who has never seen an EDMT show before, was impressed by Andrew Wilson’s talents.

From sets to lighting (which was key in the show) to music to dancing and singing, this latest show is sure to earn the talented cast and crew numerous awards.

I highly recommend seeing this one before it’s gone.