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The Most Happy Fella (1980)

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Episode credited cast:
Giorgio Tozzi ...
Sharon Daniels ...
Richard Muenz ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louisa Flaningam ...
Adrienne Leonetti ...
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Dennis Warning ...


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The musical is based on the Broadway production of "They Knew What They Wanted" by Sidney Howard opened on November 24, 1924 at the Garrick Theater, ran for 192 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1925. See more »


Version of They Knew What They Wanted (1940) See more »

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The best theater you'll ever see...
5 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.( 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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