Happy Days - A New Musical: Show Based on TV Classic at La Mirada Theatre
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The last date listed for Happy Days - A New Musical was Sunday November 16, 2008 / 7:00pm.
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Happy Days at La Mirada is the first real national company of this show. It had been done in tryouts prior to this engagement. The show is based on the TV show and all the characters and their affectations are present. The dancing is very good,...continued
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“A powerhouse, rock and roll trip down memory lane… Happy Days is not to be missed!” —_New York Daily News _
“Very cool… two thumbs up!” —Los Angeles Daily News
“(This) family show… brings back a cast of characters loved by millions of fans.” —TalkingBroadway.com
Bob Boyett, Nice Productions, Inc., McCoy Rigby Entertainment, CBS Corporation, Tom Miller and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts are thrilled to present the second production of La Mirada Theatre’s season, the launch of the national tour of Happy Days - A New Musical_, book by Garry Marshall, music and lyrics by Paul Williams, directed by Gordon Greenberg, Music Arrangement and Music Supervision by John McDaniel and Choreographed by Michele Lynch. _
Goodbye gray skies, hello blue – Happy Days – A New Musical launches its national tour at La Mirada Theatre. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures’ television series, Happy Days – A New Musical reintroduces one of America’s best-loved families, the Cunninghams, and the days of 1959 Milwaukee. This time capsule is complete with familiar friends: Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph, Joanie and Chachi, Pinky Tuscadero and of course, the king of cool: Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli.
Arnold’s, the famed drive-in malt shop, is in danger of demolition, so the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and TV-worthy wrestling match. Complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin’, Happy Days – A New Musical brings back the nostalgia of the ‘50s in a perfect family entertainment.
Garry Marshall (Book) has created, written and produced some of television’s most beloved situation comedies, including Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Mork & Mindy and The Odd Couple. He has directed 16 movies. Among them are Pretty Woman, Beaches, Overboard, The Princess Diaries 1 & 2 and Runaway Bride. As an actor he’s played many memorable roles, including ‘Mr. Harvey’ in his sister Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own and ‘Irwin’ in his son Scott Marshall’s debut feature, Keeping Up with the Steins. In 1995, Marshall wrote his autobiography with his daughter Lori, called Wake Me When It’s Funny. And in 1997, he built a theater in Burbank, California with his daughter Kathleen, called the Falcon Theatre.
Academy Award-winning composer Paul Williams (Music and Lyrics) brings a new energy to the ‘50s genre. His diverse style of songwriting has given the world pop hits recorded by The Carpenters (“We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays” among others) and Barbara Streisand (“Evergreen” – the love theme from A Star is Born), to the frothy confection, “The Theme to the Love Boat.” He also composed the song “The Rainbow Connection” for The Muppet Movie.
The cast of Happy Days _- A New Musical _includes Joey Sorge as Fonzie, Cynthia Ferrer as Mrs. Cunningham, John Massey as Mr. Cunningham, Steven Booth as Richie Cunningham, Chris Fore as Potsie, Felica Finley as Pinky, Barry Pearl as Arnold, Eddy Rioseco as Chachi, Whitney Bashor as Joanie, Molly Alverez as Lori Beth. Also featuring Justin Duval, Gabrielle Hatchett, Matt Merchant, Jaclyn Miller, Jill Morrison, Leah Sprecher Jeff Summer and the Troubadour Theatre Company’s Matt Walker.