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Bill Kurtis!

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Yes, that Bill Kurtis!

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, based on the best-selling 1952 book of the same name. It’s a delightful musical satire of corporate life and office politics, packed with memorable songs such as “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man” and “Been a Long Day.” Bill Kurtis provides the “Voice of the Book” which means his recorded role is the voice of the “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” book the main character uses to climb the corporate ladder.

In previous Broadway performances this role has been played by Walter Cronkite (1995) and Anderson Cooper (2011).

It  runs April 26 – June 1 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are $30 for previews and $43.50 for all other performances. Single tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by phone at Stage 773, 773.327.5252.

Bill Kurtis began his career at WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas. In 1966, after being recognized for his 24-hour coverage of a devastating tornado, Kurtis was hired by WBBM-TV in Chicago where he was field reporter and later anchor of The Channel Two News.

In 1982, Kurtis became co-anchor of the CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer. He returned to Chicago & WBBM-TV as anchorman from 1985-1996 and was reunited with co-anchor Walter Jacobson in the fall of 2010.

Retiring after 30 years with CBS, he established Kurtis Productions, traveling to the far ends of the earth for the Peabody Award-winning series The New Explorers, which aired on PBS.

Kurtis Productions also created programs for the A&E Television Network, including the long-running, award-winning Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files® as well as Investigating History for The History Channel. Kurtis has also served as the host of A&E’s American Justice – the longest running non-fiction justice series on cable.

In his home state of Kansas, Kurtis is an active conservationist. His 10,000-acre Red Buffalo Ranch is located in the Flint Hills, the largest remaining tract of tallgrass prairie in America. In 2005, Bill founded Tallgrass Beef Company to champion the environmental and health benefits of grass-fed cattle ranching.

Of course, you can hear it straight from the cattle’s mouth by listening to the show here!  OR, just go straight to the interview with Big BK here… CAS-BK

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