YMMV / How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

  • Adaptation Displacement: Based on a parody advice book that nobody remembers anymore.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Pirate Dance.
    • Also "Coffee Break," as it does nothing to further the story and serves no purpose. It's almost as though the show itself was taking a coffee br-ait a minute...
  • Ear Worm: "How To Succeed" and "Rosemary" are particularly catchy.
    • "I play it the company way..."
    • "Rip! Rip! Rip the chipmunk!"
    • "Now you may join the Elks, my friend, and I may join the Shriners..."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ovington.
  • Funny Moments: Anything involving Groundhogs and Chipmunks.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: After a good five decades, Robert Morse got another role to rival the popularity of Finch in Bert Cooper from Mad Men. Who is the guy in charge of the company the main characters work in.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Hedy La Rue is considered to be the hottest woman at the company, odd given there are usually a lot of pretty actresses hired as the secretaries, and her appearance in the 1966 adaptation looked very Day Glo and had a voice that could scare away bears.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Finch qualifies.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Brotherhood of Man" was used in a ton of other productions, including The Drew Carey Show and 30 Rock.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: In the 2011 revival, Nick Jonas as Finch?
    • The same occurred with Darren Criss who had a run of a few weeks. While not a bad singer, his vocal range is more suited for pop hits and not for the stage.
    • Interestingly enough, Jonas' career began on Broadway (he acted in several musicals on Broadway as a young child), and was recently part of the concert version of Les Miserables. Having seen him in the role, this troper has to say that on this one, the Casting Agency got that pretty right.