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Happy Time, The  (Musical) - Full Length Musical

Happy Time, The (Musical)

Fred Ebb, John Kander, N. Richard Nash, Samuel Taylor, Robert L. Fontaine

Full Length Musical

7m, 12f

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Full Length Musical

Originally directed and choreographed by Gower Champion and produced in New York by David Merrick, the theme of this enchanting musical is the conflict between a happy life at home and the joy of adventure. Jacques, a world-roving photographer, returns to his French-Canadian village hoping to recover the happy time of his childhood. He takes his fun-loving father and his teen-age nephew, Bibi, to visit a team of dancers "Catch My Garter." The boy, fascinated by his uncle's world, proposes to drop out of school and become his assistant. Bibi's parents are hurt and angry and his teacher, a lovely girl secretly in love with Jacques, also disapproves. The conflict reaches a climax when Jacques' father sternly tells him he is stealing Bibi's affection. Jacques rallies to the challenge and disenchants Bibi with the idea of dropping out. "You did that well, my son," is the praise he has always longed for and now receives from his father. The songs are the kind you sing on your way home. The swirling title tune, "The Happy Time"; the bittersweet love duet, "I Don't Remember You"; the grand school song for the chorus, "St. Pierre"; the debonair song for a happy grandfather, "The Life of the Party"; the enchanting "A Certain Girl"; and many more. This musical is a pleasure to produce, see, sing and remember. Multiple simple sets.


7m, 12f

Fred Ebb

Fred Ebb

Fred Ebb (1928 – 2004) won Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Awards for his work as a writer, director and composer. His collaborations with John Kander, Bob Fosse, Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli made him a legend in the New York theater community. Mr. Kander and Mr.Ebb wrote and made famous the city’s unofficial theme song “New York, New York.” ... view full profile

John Kander

John Kander

John Harold Kander was born on March 18, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri to Harold and Berenice (Aaron) Kander. He was exposed to music at an early age. Kander believed that a bout of tuberculosis as a baby, which had kept him isolated from other people, had actually helped him develop his sense of sound. At age six he began taking piano lessons from a woman in the neighborhood. Kander spent many ... view full profile

N. Richard  Nash

N. Richard Nash

N. Richard Nash was a prolific and popular writer of plays, movies, and books, some of which are still favorites around the world. His most famous play, The Rainmaker, and the musical version, 110 in the Shade (with lyrics by Tom Jones and score by Harvey Schmidt of The Fantasticks) have been translated into many languages, are still revived on Broadway, and are performed in community theaters, ... view full profile

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