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Joaquina Kalukango, John Bolton, and More Join Kennedy Center How to Succeed

Skylar Astin, Betsy Wolfe, and Michael Urie lead the cast.

Joaquina Kalukango has joined the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Kennedy Center.
(© David Gordon)

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced complete casting for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, presented as a part of Broadway Center Stage, a Kennedy Center-produced series of musicals in semi-staged concerts. The series is conceived and executive-produced by Jeffrey Finn. Directed by Marc Bruni, with choreography by Denis Jones, the musical will run June 6-10.

The complete cast will feature John Bolton (Anastasia) as Mr. Bratt, John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect) as Biggley, Joaquina Kalukango (The Color Purple) as Smitty, Tony Award winner Michael McGrath (She Loves Me) as Mr. Twimble and Wally Womper, and Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) as Hedy La Rue. The ensemble will feature Darius Barnes, Sean Bell, Lawrence Clayton, Colin Cunliffe, Kaitlyn Davidson, Casey Garvin, Eloise Kropp, Harris Milgrim, Shina Ann Morris, Kristen Piro, Katerine Popacostas, Tally Sessions, Diana Vaden, and Vishal Vaidya.

As previously announced, the musical will star Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) as J. Pierrepont Finch, Betsy Wolfe (Waitress) as Rosemary Pilkington, Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) in the role of Bud Frump, and Nova Payton as Miss Jones.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying features a book by Abe Burrows, Willie Gilbert, and Jack Weinstock, with a score by Frank Loesser. Bruni's production will have musical direction by Todd Ellison, set design by Scott Pask (The Band's Visit), lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), costume design by Amy Clark (Chaplin), and sound design by Brian Ronan (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical).