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The Most Happy Fella   

Imperial Theatre, (5/03/1956 - 10/19/1957)
Broadway Theatre, (10/21/1957 - 12/14/1957)
First Preview: Total Previews:
Opening Date: May 03, 1956    
Closing Date: Dec 14, 1957 Total Performances: 676

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in three acts
Setting: San Francisco; Napa, California; and Tony's home and barn. 1927.


Production Staff [See More]
Produced by Kermit Bloomgarden and Lynn Loesser
Book by Frank Loesser; Based on "They Knew What They Wanted" by Sidney Howard; Music by Frank Loesser; Lyrics by Frank Loesser; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Orchestra and choral direction by Herbert Greene
Staged by Joseph Anthony; Choreographed by Dania Krupska
Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner; Costume Design by Motley; Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner
General Manager: Max Allentuck; Company Manager: Joseph Harris
Production Stage Manager: Henri Caubisens; Stage Manager: Terence Little
Music Contractor: Al Nano
Press Representative: Arthur Cantor and Robert Ganshaw
Cast
Jo Sullivan
Rosabella
Richard Torigi
Tony
Alternate
Robert Weede
Tony
Susan Johnson
Cleo
Shorty Long
Herman
Mona Paulee
Marie
Myrna Aaron
Waitress
Neighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Arthur Arney
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Ken Ayers
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Zina Bethune
Tessie
Helon Blount
Neighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Theodora Brandon
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Betsy Bridge
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Lee Cass
The Cashier
The Postman
Bob Daley
Neighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Thelma Dare
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Lanier Davis
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Henry Director
Neighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Ralph Farnworth
The Bus Driver
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Rico Froehlich
Pasquale
Beverly Gaines
Waitress
Neighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Alan Gilbert
Clem
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Russell Goodwin
The Priest
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Marlyn Greer
Waitress
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Norris Greer
The Brakeman
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
John Henson
Jake
Ciccio
Richard Hermany
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Keith Kaldenberg
The Doctor
Athan Karras
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Walter Kelvin
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Jerry Kurland
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Roy Lazarus
Al
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Art Lund
Joe
Martha Mathes
Waitress
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Carolyn Maye
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Meri Miller
Waitress
Country Girl
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Genevieve Owens
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Arthur Partington
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Louis Polacek
Max
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Hunter Ross
Neighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Arthur Rubin
Giuseppe
Patti Schmidt
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
John Sharpe
City Boy
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Lillian Shelby
Neighbor's Lady
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Toba Sherwood
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Marjorie Smith
Neighbor's Lady
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Christopher Snell
Gussie
Evans Thornton
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Lois Van Pelt
Neighbor's Lady
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Understudies: Ken Ayers (The Doctor), Helon Blount (Cleo), Ralph Farnworth (Ciccio), John Henson (Herman), Walter Kelvin (The Cashier), Carolyn Maye (Rosabella), Barbara Myers (Gussie, Tessie), Louis Polacek (Giuseppe, The Postman), Lillian Shelby (Marie), Ted Thurston (Pasquale) and Richard Torigi (Tony)
Tony Award®
1957 Best Musical [nominee]
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Frank Loesser; Lyrics by Frank Loesser; Produced by Kermit Bloomgarden and Lynn Loesser
1957 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Robert Weede
1957 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Jo Sullivan
1957 Best Choreography [nominee]
Dania Krupska
1957 Conductor and Musical Director [nominee]
Orchestra and choral direction by Herbert Greene
1957 Best Direction [nominee]
Joseph Anthony
Theatre World
winner 1956 Award [recipient]
Susan Johnson
music by Frank Loesser; lyrics by Frank Loesser
ACT 1 Sung By
Ooh! My Feet! Cleo
I Know How It Is Rosabella and Cleo
Seven Million Crumbs Cleo
I Don't Know (The Letter) Rosabella
Maybe He's Kind of Crazy Cleo
Somebody, Somewhere Rosabella
The Most Happy Fella Tony and Company
A Long Time Ago Marie and Tony
Standing on the Corner Herman, Jake, Clem and Al
Joey, Joey, Joey Joe
Soon You Gonna Leave Me, Joe Tony
Rosabella Tony
Abbondanza Pasquale, Giuseppe and Jake
Plenty Bambini Tony
Sposalizio Giuseppe, Jake, Pasquale and Company
Special Delivery! (I Seen Her at the Station) The Postman
Benvenuta Pasquale, Jake and Giuseppe
Aren't You Glad? Rosabella
No Home, No Job Rosabella
Don't Cry Joe
ACT 2 Sung By
Fresno Beauties / Cold and Dead Ensemble, Joe and Rosabella
Love and Kindness The Doctor
Happy to Make Your Acquaintance Tony, Rosabella and Cleo
I Don't Like This Dame Marie and Cleo
Big D Herman, Cleo and Ensemble
How Beautiful the Days Tony, Rosabella and Joe
Young People Marie, Tony and Ensemble
Warm All Over Rosabella
Old People Gotta Tony
I Like Everybody Herman and Cleo
I Love Him / I Know How It Is Rosabella and Cleo
Like a Woman Loves a Man Rosabella and Tony
My Heart Is So Full of You Tony and Rosabella
Hoedown Tony, Rosabella and Ensemble
Mamma, Mamma Tony
ACT 3 Sung By
Abbondanza (Reprise) Pasquale, Giuseppe and Ciccio
Goodbye, Darlin' / I Like Everybody (Reprise) Cleo and Herman
Song of a Summer Night The Doctor and Ensemble
Please Let Me Tell You Rosabella
Tell Tony and Rosabella Goodbye for Me (Tony's Thoughts) Joe
She Gonna Come Home Wit' Me Tony
Nobody's Ever Gonna Love You Marie and Tony
I Made a Fist Cleo and Herman
Finale Tony, Rosabella and Ensemble