The Most Happy Fella

Musical - Original

Imperial Theatre (May 03, 1956 - October 19, 1957)
Broadway Theatre (October 21, 1957 - December 14, 1957)
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  • Opening Date: May 3, 1956
  • Closing Date: December 14, 1957
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  • Performances: 676

Lyrics: Frank Loesser

Book: Frank Loesser

Music: Frank Loesser


A middle-aged Italian vineyard owner falls in love with a pretty waitress from afar, sends her the picture of his handsome foreman, and convinces her to move to his California vineyard and marry him, in Frank Loesser's musical adaptation of Sidney Howard's play They Knew What They Wanted.


Opening Night Production Credits

Frank Loesser Frank Loesser Book
Frank Loesser Frank Loesser Music
Frank Loesser Frank Loesser Lyrics
  Joseph Anthony Staging
  Dania Krupska Choreographer
  Jo Mielziner Scenic Design
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1957 Best Musical Frank Loesser Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1956 Theatre World Award Susan Johnson Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1957 Actor in a Musical Robert Weede Nominee
1957 Choreography Dania Krupska Nominee
1957 Conductor and Musical Director Herbert Greene Nominee
1957 Direction (pre-1960) Joseph Anthony Nominee
1957 Featured Actress in a Musical Jo Sullivan Nominee
1957 Musical Frank Loesser Nominee
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