A success story can't be retold too...


A success story can't be retold too often

When it opened on Broadway in 1961, Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows' "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" could have been renamed "How to Succeed on Broadway." The show won seven Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. Now a Broadway-bound revival is coming to the Kennedy Center in Washington for one month beginning tonight.

Matthew Broderick stars as J. Pierrepont Finch, the window washer who becomes chairman of the board of the World Wide Wicket Co. Direction is by Des McAnuff, choreography by Wayne Cilento and sets by John Arnone, all veterans of "The Who's Tommy." Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $42.50-$60. For more information, call (800) 444-1324.

@ If you fire ceramics with wood they take on a soft, toasty look, according to Donna Lansman of the Baltimore Clayworks. Throw in soda or salt during the firing, and the result is a textured surface, something like an orange peel. Pieces produced by these means can be seen in "Atmosphere & Element: Wood, Salt & Soda Fired Ceramics," an exhibit of works by 12 ceramists from places as far-flung as Iowa, Montana and Louisiana. It was curated by Suze Lindsay, resident artist at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C. At the Clayworks, 5706 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington, through Feb. 24. For information, call (410) 578-1919.

John Dorsey The world premiere of "Boys & Girls Together" -- a play by Michael Dale about Jackie Mitchell, a young woman who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in her one and only professional baseball game -- opens Thursday at the Playwrights Theatre of Baltimore, 908 Washington Blvd.

Tickets to Thursday's 7 p.m. gala opening are $100 and will benefit the theater and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Baseball Center, which is kicking off its yearlong centennial celebration with this production. Tickets for the rest of the run are $14, and curtain times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays through March 5. For more information, call (410) 727-1847.


J. Wynn Rousuck

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