Nominee! 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Music, and Oustanding Lyrics
Nominee! 2002 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score
It's New York, 1952. Welcome to Broadway, the glamour and power capital of the universe. J.J. Hunsecker rules it all with his daily gossip column in the New York Globe, syndicated to sixty million readers across America. J.J. has the goods on everyone, from the President to the latest starlet. And everyone feeds J.J. scandal, from J. Edgar Hoover and Senator Joe McCarthy down to a battalion of hungry press agents who attach their news to a client that J.J. might plug. When a young press agent, Sidney, tries to hitch his wagon to J.J. all while keeping secrets about his client's new relationship with J.J.'s sister, he learns that you can become no one if J.J. turns on you.
"John Guare has bravely gone beyond slavish adaptation while retaining many of the Hunseckerisms that fans of the film love to quote." - Curtain Up
Sweet Smell of Success was first presented on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre in March of 2002 under the direction of Nicholas Hytner. It starred John Lithgow.