Happy Birthday (Loos)

by  Anita Loos

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  11m, 10f

NOTICE: Please be advised, this title is from the Samuel French Vault and is made from a scan of an archived manuscript. We hope you’ll treasure this glimpse into theatre history.

"Ingenious and charming." - New York Post

"A delightful, sentimental comedy." - The New York Times

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Happy Birthday (Loos)

by  Anita Loos

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 10f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A hit of 1947 Broadway season, Happy Birthday was produced starring Helen Hayes in a Tony Award-winning performance. Anita Loos, fondly remembered for her classic of the flapper-era, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, has fashioned this comedic fantasy of the meek librarian who has a night on the town. Shy and inhibited Addie Bemis works in a Newark library and has fallen in love with an unsuspecting bank teller. On the ruse of discussing her modest savings, she braves a cocktail bar in order to meet him away from work. When she takes the first drink of her life (and quite a few more), she sings, dances and becomes the life of the party. The bar becomes an iridescent wonderland. Bottles light up, the cash register plays music, street clothes become dazzling costumes, and strangers become beloved friends. And before the night is through, Addie has vanquished a romantic rival and won her beau.
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Reviews

"Ingenious and charming." - New York Post

"A delightful, sentimental comedy." - The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Setting: Jersey Mecca Cocktail Bar in Newark, New Jersey
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

11m, 10f
JUNE
MARGOT
MR. BEMIS
DON
POLICEMAN
HERMAN
GABE
MANUEL
ADDIE
DAD MALONE
PAUL
GAIL
MR. NANINO
BERT
TOT
MAUDE
MYRTLE
BELLA
THE JUDGE
EMMA
GLORIOUS
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Anita Loos

Anita Loos

Happy Birthday was first presented on Broadway by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City on October 31, 1946. It was directed by Joshua Logan and starred Helen Hayes who won the 1947 Tony Award for Best Actress for the role.

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