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The Most Happy Fella - Vocal Selections

The Most Happy Fella - Vocal Selections

Frank Loesser, Hal Leonard

ISBN: 9780881882056

Book, Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser 
Based on They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard

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A vocal selection is a collection of all of the major songs from a Broadway show. Each song is arranged for piano and voice. Many vocal selections also feature photos from the original stage production of the show.
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"Mr. Loesser loves the rich, rolling exhilarating cadences that can spill out into an auditorium whenever a musical show approaches the freedom and the melodic fury of opera... Mr. Loesser has simply opened his treasure chest and hurled the bountiful prizes..." -Walter Kerr, Herald Tribune

"It is a masterpiece of our era..." -Robert Coleman, Daily Mirror

"An overwhelmingly inventive new musical, a rich show drenched in song." -William Hawkins, World-Telegram & Sun

THE MOST HAPPY FELLA was produced in part by Loesser's wife of 20 years, Lynn. The original cast included former Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert Weede as Tony (Richard Torigi performed matinees), Jo Sullivan (who Loesser later married) as Rosabella, popular bandleader Art Lund in his stage debut as Joe, big-voiced Susan Johnson as Cleo, and Shorty Long as Herman. The score was given unprecedented treatment, and recorded by Columbia in its entirety on three LP discs. THE MOST HAPPY FELLA was revived on Broadway in 1979 for 53 performances with Giorgio Tozzi as Tony. The production was filmed and later broadcast by PBS in 1980.

CLEO Non-plussed, comic, brassy, self-confident waitress and best friend of Rosabella. A true friend with a strong personality and a calculating mind. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: Gb3 - A5


HERMAN The likable happy-go-lucky ranch hand. He is easy-going, the “good guy,” and not easily rattled. Male, 30-40 yrs old Range: E4 - A5

JOE The foreman of the vineyard. He is unable to settle down and is more interested in random connections than true romance. Handsome, masculine, hardworking. Male, 25-35 yrs old Range: Bb2 - F4

MARIE Tony's possessive, domineering younger sister who is against change. She will fight to protect her brother at all costs. Female, 40-50 yrs old Range: B3 - F5

ROSABELLA A woman who is lost in love and work, she is in desperate need to experience and explore her dreams of romance. Jaded by the city life and by insensitive men. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: C4 - E5

TONY An Italian grape farmer. He is warm and genuine but also insecure at times. Battles with a short temper. Spirited, passionate, respect, and boisterous. Male, 55-70 yrs old Range: C#3 - G4

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