May 3, 1956
The Most Happy Fella
Composer:Frank Loesser
Librettist:Frank Loesser
Tony, an elderly vintner, falls in love with a young waitress who waited on him during a visit to San Francisco. Tony decides to propose to Rosabella in a letter. Insecure about his age, Tony encloses a photo of Joe, the foreman of his ranch. Upon receipt of the letter and picture, Rosabella agrees to marry the man she believes is Tony. When she arrives at the ranch, she runs into the arms of Joe, who explains that he is not Tony. When Tony is brought in on a stretcher, after a car accident on the way to meet Rosabella at the station, Tony wins her sympathy and she agrees to marry him. In her confusion, Rosabella turns to Joe's arms for one night. But, as she nurses Tony back to health, Rosabella grows to love him. Rosabella discovers that she is pregnant with Joe's child. She tells Tony, assuring him of her love. Tony is extremely angry. Rosabella decides to leave and boards the bus back to San Francisco. Tony rushes to the bus station and convinces her to stay, saying he will claim the baby as his own.

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Seagle FestivalThe Most Happy Fella7/6/2016 - 7/9/2016
Festival OperaThe Most Happy Fella8/6/2011 - 8/14/2011
Knoxville OperaThe Most Happy Fella4/1/2006 - 4/8/2006
New York City OperaThe Most Happy Fella3/1/2006 - 3/25/2006
Light Opera Of New YorkThe Most Happy Fella1/1/1995 - 12/26/1994
Skylight Music TheatreThe Most Happy Fella11/1/1994 - 12/1/1994
Opera ModestoThe Most Happy Fella6/1/1993 - 6/6/1993
New York City OperaThe Most Happy Fella9/1/1991 - 9/26/1991

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Musical Style
Musical theater, with operatic characteristics; popular music and jazz harmonies

Vocal & Musical Forces
Three flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes (English horn), 3 clarinets, soprano saxophone, bassoon, 3 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, accordion, harp, strings; 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, 2 baritones; SATB chorus

Original Cast
Original Cast: Tony, Robert Weede; Rosabella, Jo Sullivan; Joe, Art Lund; Cleo, Susan Johnson; Herman, Shorty Long

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