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The Most Happy Fella
Based on They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard
Frank Loesser, composer/lyricist of “Guys and Dolls,” scored his greatest artistic triumph with this touching, dramatic and intensely personal love story about a middle-aged vintner, Tony, whose mail-order marriage proposal is accepted under the girl’s mistaken assumption a photo of his young, handsome foreman is her intended husband.
Her hurt and humiliation when she learns the truth, as well as a terrible accident which nearly kills Tony as he hurries to meet her, almost ends the relationship before it begins, but a loving understanding blossoms between them during Tony’s long convalescence.
Filled with sweeping ballads, intense dramatic arias and tuneful, splashy Broadway-style numbers, this ambitious “Broadway opera” has found a home on opera and musical theatre stages alike. Its sizable score showcases strong singers, including a mature operatic baritone and a young soprano ingénue for the two lead roles. The rest of the large cast consists of a winsome comic duo for the secondary leads and a host of other compelling characters. The show’s lasting popularity has led to two Broadway revivals, the latter with a two-piano accompaniment that is available for rental.
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|Publisher: ||Music Theatre International|
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