Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated G
Original Broadway Version
Mama Rose meets "The Hostess with the Mostess' on the Ball" in this light-hearted romp.
A strong-willed matriarch meets high society in HAPPY HUNTING, a star vehicle
originally written for the incomparable Ethel Merman. The book was
written by the die-hard
Lindsay and Crouse (ANYTHING GOES) and the original production was
directed by the legendary Abe Burrows.
When Liz Livingstone--rich, widowed Philadelphia hostess at odds
with the Main Line crowd - perceives a snub at the Grace Kelly-Prince
Rainier "Wedding of
the Year" in Monaco, she single-mindedly sets out to snare an even
more impressively titled husband for her daughter. Things get
when she succeeds and then promptly falls for her intended
son-in-law herself! Meanwhile, the bride-to-be only has eyes for a
society lawyer. Things really
get interesting when Liz's dashing Duke turns out to be penniless.
HAPPY HUNTING features a gag-filled book and a delectable score,
including the Merman classic, "Mutual Admiration Society." In addition
to the star role,
this large cast gives opportunities to many female performers,
including teenagers. HAPPY HUNTING is a flamboyant, bubbly,
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