Figuring out how to succeed in business is simpler than it seems. Based on the experiences of J. Pierrepont Finch, the protagonist of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, all you need is a fancy college degree, the ability to kiss a lot of bottoms, and a fair amount of dumb luck. Foibles will probably follow, but if the individual desiring success approaches their task with the confidence of a mediocre white man, they are probably already on their way to an executive level suite at a mid-sized company. The Kennedy Center has revived the satirical musical about the scheming former window washer as part of its Broadway Center Stage series with an all-star cast that will ideally wipe away some of the icky socio-sexual politics that haven’t aged particularly well in the five decades since the musical debuted in New York. Skylar Astin, remembered fondly as the a cappella singing Jesse in the Pitch Perfect films, leads the cast as Finch and New York theater vet Betsy Wolfe plays his love interest, Rosemary. Another Pitch Perfect alum, John Michael Higgins, and Michael Urie and Becki Newton of the late lamented Ugly Betty, join them. But this isn’t entirely an affair for stars of stage and screen: Local favorite Nova Y. Payton will play Miss Jones, a big-voiced secretary with a fondness for Finch. In a city as work obsessed as Washington, expect to hear some truisms echoing from the Eisenhower Theater. Read more>>> The musical runs to June 10 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $59–$175. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Caroline Jones)
OH AND ALSO
James R. Clapper, former senior intelligence advisor to President Obama, speaks at the Spy Museum about his new book Facts and Fears, which offers a deep look inside America’s intelligence community. 12 p.m. at 800 F St. NW. $10–$30.
Neo-soul and pop group Fitz and The Tantrums performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap with electro-pop and rock band X Ambassadors. 7 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$55.
The National Postal Museum continues its run of Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps, an exhibition celebrating the warmer months with the wide variety of stunning flowering plants commemorated on U.S. postage stamps over the past 50 years. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free.
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