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The Most Happy Fella
Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
Joseph Anthony, Director
Original Cast: Tony, Robert Weede; Rosabella, Jo Sullivan; Joe, Art Lund; Cleo, Susan Johnson; Herman, Shorty Long
May 03, 1956
Imperial Theatre, New York
Tony, an elderly vintner, falls in love with a young waitress who waited on him during a visit to San Francisco. Tony decides to propose to Rosabella in a letter. Insecure about his age, Tony encloses a photo of Joe, the foreman of his ranch. Upon receipt of the letter and picture, Rosabella agrees to marry the man she believes is Tony. When she arrives at the ranch, she runs into the arms of Joe, who explains that he is not Tony. When Tony is brought in on a stretcher, after a car accident on the way to meet Rosabella at the station, Tony wins her sympathy and she agrees to marry him. In her confusion, Rosabella turns to Joe's arms for one night. But, as she nurses Tony back to health, Rosabella grows to love him. Rosabella discovers that she is pregnant with Joe's child. She tells Tony, assuring him of her love. Tony is extremely angry. Rosabella decides to leave and boards the bus back to San Francisco. Tony rushes to the bus station and convinces her to stay, saying he will claim the baby as his own.
Newsweek, David Ansen, 2-24-92; The New York Times, John J. O'Connor, 3-5-80; New York Magazine, John Simon, 10-29-79; Time, T.E. Kalem, 10-22-79; The New York Times, Mel Gussow, 10-12-79; The New York Times, Eleanor Blau, 8-16-79
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Musical theater, with operatic characteristics; popular music and jazz harmonies
Music Theatre International
421 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
Schedule of Performances Listings
The Most Happy Fella (Loesser)
Saturday, March 04, 2006 - New York City Opera
The Most Happy Fella (Loesser)
Monday, December 26, 1994 - Light Opera Works
The Most Happy Fella (Loesser)
Wednesday, November 23, 1994 - Skylight Music Theatre
The Most Happy Fella (Loesser)
Friday, June 04, 1993 - Townsend Opera Players
The Most Happy Fella (Loesser)
Wednesday, September 04, 1991 - New York City Opera

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