The Most Happy Fella

The Most Happy Fella

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The Most Happy Fella is a musical with a book, music, and lyrics by Frank Loesser. The story, about a romance between an older man and younger woman, is based on the play They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard. The original Broadway production ran for 14 months and it has enjoyed several revivals, including one staged by the New York City Opera.

Background and history

Loesser's friend recommended the Howard play They Knew What They Wanted as material for a musical in 1952. After he read it, he agreed it had musical potential, but decided to omit the political, labor, and religious material. It took him four years to complete the musical.

The Most Happy Fella frequently has been described as an opera, but some have qualified the term."The music-the more operatic stuff..." Simon, John (September 16, 1991). "Good Fella", The New York Magazine, p. 66 In his book The World of Musical Comedy, Stanley Green noted that the musical is "one of the most ambitiously operatic works ever written for the Broadway theatre...Loesser said 'I may give the impression this show has operatic tendencies. If people feel that way - fine. Actually all it has is a great frequency of songs. It's a musical with music.' " In an article in the Playbill Magazine for the original Broadway...
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