The Most Happy Fella is not produced nearly as often as some of Loesser's other works (e.g., Guys and Dolls and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying), but the score is perhaps his loveliest. My only experience with this show is a staged reading by Second Fiddle Productions four years ago, at which time I summarized the plot thusly:
|Tony (Bill Marshall) and Rosabella (Sarah Lawrence)|
(photo courtesy of Skylark)
|the cast of The Most Happy Fella (photo courtesy of Skylark)|
|"Big-D Little-A Double-L A S!" (Phinehas Bynum and|
Laurel Armstrong, photo courtesy of Skylark)
The most well-known song in the show is "Standing on the Corner," usually followed with the lyric "watching all the girls go by." It's a song everybody knows, and it's a fun song, but looked at by today's standards it just brings up that all too familiar experience of being a woman walking down the street and ogled by men. I guarantee you every woman has experienced that, and it's extremely unpleasant, even dangerous. Skylark has made a few small changes that make a world of difference. The word "girls" is replaced by "crowds," and the song is sung by two women and two men. Now instead of a creepy harassment song, it's a fun and flirty song about people of all genders watching and appreciating people of all genders.
The Most Happy Fella has only six total performances, so act fast if you're a fan of classic musicals done well in an intimate environment.