The Most Happy Fella

Music, Lyrics & Book: Frank Loesser

Adapted from Sidney Howard's 1924 play, They Knew What They Wanted, Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella revolves around the complications that arise when Tony, an aging Italian vineyard owner, proposes by mail to Rosabella, a young waitress who once served him in a San Francisco restaurant. Rosabella has no recollection of Tony, but accepts his proposal, largely because he has sent her a picture of Joe, his handsome ranch hand.

The Most Happy Fella opened at the Imperial Theatre on May 3, 1956 with a cast that featured Robert Weede (Tony), Jo Sullivan (Rosabella), and Art Lund (Joe). The show enjoyed a run of 676 performances. A successful Broadway revival was staged at the Booth Theatre in 1992 with Spiro Malas and Sophie Hayden. A less successful revival was staged in 1979 with Giorgio Tozzi in the leading role.

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