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The Secret Of My Success


After several interviews for another job, he is unsuccessful due to over- or underqualification, or having no experience. Brantley ends up working in the mailroom of the Pemrose Corporation, directed by his "uncle" Howard Prescott, a distant relative he's never met. Pemrose was founded by Howard's father-in-law. Howard achieved the presidency by marrying his boss's daughter, Vera Pemrose.




The Secret of My Success



Vera, already hating Howard for his inept business practices which were driving her father's empire into the ground, tells the board about his affair with Christy. Vera promptly replaces him with Brantley, with Jean (Carlton's secretary), Christy and Melrose (Brantley's mailroom colleague) at his side. While security guards escort Howard and his aide, Art Thomas, from the Pemrose Building, Brantley and Christy start planning their future together, personal as well as professional.


Based on the Universal Pictures film starring Michael J. Fox, this hysterically funny and brilliantly conceived production is a wild look at redefining what success means to you when the world around you changes, corporate culture, ambition and making your own way in life. With music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler, The Secret of My Success is a magnificent gift for audiences.The Secret of My Success runs October 25 through November 6 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at just $40, and are available online at TUTS.com, or by contacting the TUTS Box Office by phone at (713) 558-8887 or in person by visiting the Box Office located at 800 Bagby Street.


Based on the smash-hit Universal Pictures film starring Michael J. Fox, this hysterically funny and brilliantly conceived production is a wild look at redefining what success means to you when the world around you changes, corporate culture, ambition and making your own way in life. With an updated, modern day setting this is a magnificent new show and a gift for audiences.


But unlike the male protagonists in other successful teen movies who combine youthful awkwardness with quick wit and charm, Brantley is too perfect. If he had been born in midtown Manhattan he wouldn't be more at home in The City--and we're supposed to believe he's never lived off the farm. Brantley should have been played as an innocent idealist thrown into the wild den of Wall Street.


Brantley, in fact, is such a powerhouse that he overwhelms his partner in success, Christie Wills, who, ironically enough, is played by former Supergirl and current Fox flame Helen Slater. When Brantley enters the business world as a mail clerk--and an inexperienced one, at that--Christie already has worked her way up to a top level executive job. Christie is a hard-working financial wizard, and Harvard graduate, whose skill impressed businessmen more than did her femininity.


Until she started a love affair with Brantley, that is. From the moment the two start sleeping together, Slater's portrait of a successful working woman crumbles into the standard role of sexy sidekick. Instead of using her brains to save the company, Christie ends up kissing Brantley when he lands the CEO chair. She is reduced from a strong, sassy character into a one-dimensional sexual tool.


And yes, I understand the difference between doing a start-up and being a senior executive at an established company. But having done both, I can tell you that there are many more similarities than one would expect. Both require discipline, vision, and the ability to lead people. And more than anything else, both require (at least if the goal is to be successful) an obsession with serving customers.


Based on the Universal Pictures film starring Michael J. Fox, this live comedy musical looks at redefining what success means to you when the world around you changes, corporate culture, ambition and making your own way in life. With an updated, modern day setting.


TIN MEN: Filmmaker Barry Levinson uses the 1963 Baltimore eatery with which he launched his career with 'Diner' to provide a bitersweet and often hilarious portrait of a gaggle of 'tin men,' middle-aged aluminum siding salesmen who nickel-and-dime their way to pseudo-success. The leading bozos are Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito, who slug through a comic battle looking like two punch-drunk pugs in the last round of a 15-round bout. These two and their gang are really just grown-up boys, as rootless as Levinson's young men in 'Diner.' But the grownups have learned to live their lives and leave the truth-seeking to television. Levinson has an unerring eye for the trappings of the period, and like 'Diner,' the supporting characters add a realism that is often forgotten in the 'big movie' mentality of the 80s.


With music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler and book by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen, The Secret of My Success world premiered in Chicago for a possible pre-Broadway run and garnered critical praise. But since it debuted in March of 2020, the COVID pandemic closed the show early, leaving it something of a successful secret. 041b061a72


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