So a few weeks ago, I was at yet another library sale in town, and found an old VHS copy of “How to Succeed in Business…,“ a 60′s Broadway musical starring a one Robert Morse. It follows the metoeric rise of a young man from the mailroom to the board room in a matter of days. The play is humorous and crisp, with fantastic visuals and modern songs. It also playfully describes and exploits the typical 60s business workplace, with all female secretaries, a president’s mistress, and all old men at the top.
The lead actor, Robert Morse, does an excellent job. He’s funny and creates a very lovable character that you really wish would win in the end, despite the sort of sneaky nature in which he accomplishes his tasks. He can sing, the dancing is pretty good, and he also playing the character originally on Broadway.
But where did this guy come from? What has he been in since its release in 1968? I’ve watched quite a few musicals and didn’t recognize this dude from anything, so I decided to investigate, and this what I found:
ROBERT MORSE PLAYS BERT COPPER ON MAD MEN
The same dude who plays in a contemporary 60s musical about the corporate rise of a regular dude in 60s NYC ends up playing an ad partner in a contemporary 00s drama about a 60s office in NYC.
Way to blow my mind, Universe.