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 »
Most everyone knows Frank Loesser's "Guys and Dolls" and "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying", but IMHO, Loesser's masterpiece is the lesser known "The Most Happy Fella". I believe the show is not more widely known because it is essentially an American Opera, requiring a cast with superb voices and range. It is therefore a very difficult show for a community theater, high school or college troupe to produce because of the enormous talent it requires.
That being said, run out and buy the Original Cast recording or order the DVD from my hero, Jim Berg, who has the 1980 PBS production available on DVD.(jim@MatsonCreative.com). This stunning and joyous show will stir even the most stoic with its beautiful melodies and life-affirming lyrics. Loesser has left us with a masterpiece that should be on the top of every theater and music lover's list.
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