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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 SullivanRosabella
Richard TorigiTony
Alternate
Robert WeedeTony
Susan JohnsonCleo
Shorty LongHerman
Mona PauleeMarie
Myrna AaronWaitress
Neighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Arthur ArneyAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Ken AyersAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Zina BethuneTessie
Helon BlountNeighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Theodora BrandonAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Betsy BridgeAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Lee CassThe Cashier
The Postman
Bob DaleyNeighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Thelma DareAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Lanier DavisAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Henry DirectorNeighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Ralph FarnworthThe Bus Driver
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Rico FroehlichPasquale
Beverly GainesWaitress
Neighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Alan GilbertClem
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Russell GoodwinThe Priest
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Marlyn GreerWaitress
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Norris GreerThe Brakeman
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
John HensonJake
Ciccio
Richard HermanyAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Keith KaldenbergThe Doctor
Athan KarrasAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Walter KelvinAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Jerry KurlandAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Roy LazarusAl
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Art LundJoe
Martha MathesWaitress
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Carolyn MayeAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Meri MillerWaitress
Country Girl
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Genevieve OwensAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Arthur PartingtonAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Louis PolacekMax
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Hunter RossNeighbor
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Arthur RubinGiuseppe
Patti SchmidtAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
John SharpeCity Boy
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Lillian ShelbyNeighbor's Lady
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Toba SherwoodAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Marjorie SmithNeighbor's Lady
All the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Christopher SnellGussie
Evans ThorntonAll the Neighbors and All the Neighbors' Neighbors
Lois Van PeltNeighbor'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 IsRosabella and Cleo
Seven Million CrumbsCleo
I Don't Know (The Letter)Rosabella
Maybe He's Kind of CrazyCleo
Somebody, SomewhereRosabella
The Most Happy FellaTony and Company
A Long Time AgoMarie and Tony
Standing on the CornerHerman, Jake, Clem and Al
Joey, Joey, JoeyJoe
Soon You Gonna Leave Me, JoeTony
RosabellaTony
AbbondanzaPasquale, Giuseppe and Jake
Plenty BambiniTony
SposalizioGiuseppe, Jake, Pasquale and Company
Special Delivery! (I Seen Her at the Station)The Postman
BenvenutaPasquale, Jake and Giuseppe
Aren't You Glad?Rosabella
No Home, No JobRosabella
Don't CryJoe
ACT 2 Sung By
Fresno Beauties / Cold and DeadEnsemble, Joe and Rosabella
Love and KindnessThe Doctor
Happy to Make Your AcquaintanceTony, Rosabella and Cleo
I Don't Like This DameMarie and Cleo
Big DHerman, Cleo and Ensemble
How Beautiful the DaysTony, Rosabella and Joe
Young PeopleMarie, Tony and Ensemble
Warm All OverRosabella
Old People GottaTony
I Like EverybodyHerman and Cleo
I Love Him / I Know How It IsRosabella and Cleo
Like a Woman Loves a ManRosabella and Tony
My Heart Is So Full of YouTony and Rosabella
HoedownTony, Rosabella and Ensemble
Mamma, MammaTony
ACT 3 Sung By
Abbondanza (Reprise) Pasquale, Giuseppe and Ciccio
Goodbye, Darlin' / I Like Everybody (Reprise) Cleo and Herman
Song of a Summer NightThe Doctor and Ensemble
Please Let Me Tell YouRosabella
Tell Tony and Rosabella Goodbye for Me (Tony's Thoughts)Joe
She Gonna Come Home Wit' MeTony
Nobody's Ever Gonna Love YouMarie and Tony
I Made a FistCleo and Herman
FinaleTony, Rosabella and Ensemble