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Most Happy Fella, The - Shubert Theatre
Poster ID: CL45488
Category: Theatrical/Stage and Plays
Designer: David Klein
Year: 1950s
Actor / Director: Starring Robert Weede, music by Frank Loesser
Country: American
Size 81 x 41 inches
Condition: Very Good

Rare 1956 Poster “The Most Happy Fella” started a critical debate about whether it was a musical or an opera, and the question lingers. Inspired by the Italian element of the story, Loesser, who wrote the book, lyrics and music (based on Sidney Howard’s play “They Knew What They Wanted”), created an intricate, quasi-operatic score. There are melodies that befit opulent operatic voices, as well as trios and quartets in which individual characters voice their inner thoughts.