Staged Reading of The Most Happy Fella from Musical Theatre West
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The last date listed for Staged Reading of The Most Happy Fella was Sunday September 25, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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The year is 1944, segregation in the U.S. is prevalent and World War II is in full swing. At Port… More
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This would have been 5 stars except that the Tony [John Huntington] was woefully underprepared--he missed lyrics and/or notes in all but three of his songs--as compared to Rosabella [the wonderful Jill Van Velzer] whose role is as big and did much of it off-book. He did, however have a lovely voice and a fair amount of charm. Kim Huber's Cleo was delightful as was Roger Befeler's Herman. The stand-out in a really vocally strong cast was Randall Dodge who provided the best sung Joey I've ever seen or heard. The 'Abbondanza Trio' was also delightful. Wonderful evening despite the above quibble, and richly deserved the standing O it received.
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This program, as usual for Musical Theatre West, was outstanding.
The cast had great voices and the 42 musical numbers showcased the many talents of Frank Loesser.
Unfortunately, it was only for one performance.
A long standing Musical...continued
The Most Happy Fella is Frank Loesser’s musical about Napa Valley vineyard owner Tony Esposito who falls in love with a waitress from San Francisco. After many letters between them, Tony arranges for her to come and marry him. The catch is that the waitress doesn’t remember seeing him in the restaurant and Tony, being insecure about his age and his looks has sent a picture of his ranch hand Joe to her instead of his own. The Most Happy Fella is a thru-sung piece of musical theatre and the glorious score ranges from operatic to Golden Age Broadway.