The original Broadway production of "The Most Happy Fella" opened at the Imperial Theater in New York on May 3, 1956, ran for 676 performances and was nominated for the 1957 Tony Award for the Best Musical. See more »
This was first shown on PBS in 1980 (before the widespread availability of home video recording machines) so I wasn't able to make a copy for myself. I'd always been a fan of the Original Broadway Cast double-LP album, but this production just about blew me away! I think it was done live on-stage by a community troupe somewhere in Texas. I know that PBS recorded it because it was shown twice that week in 1980...
Musically, this cast was as good as, or even superior to, the audio talent on the LP. Seeing it on the home screen also showed its wonderful choreography, dancers, lighting, costumes, scenery, direction, and musical direction.
Frank Loesser's music was and remains inventive, satisfying, original, and altogether wonderful. So many hummable tunes, such as "Standing On The Corner," "Big 'D'" and so many more! There is lots and lots of music, it having filled up 4 LP sides on the original cast album, which didn't even include a lovely balletic piece shown in this version.
Written in the 1950s I think, the story still holds up, as it deals with issues similar to online dating nowadays, wherein someone isn't completely honest in their pre-meeting communications. It deals with issues of loneliness, age, physical appearance, family, and even pregnancy. It has elements of comedy and tragedy, sin and forgiveness, love and acceptance.
It's a fabulous show I've never forgotten, and I'd give anything to be able to have a video copy of it to watch over and over again! 10**********!
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