The Most Happy Fella

The Most Happy Fella
Frank Loesser's most ambitious and romantic musical tells the heart-stopping story of unlikely love that blossoms in Napa Valley.

From the composer of Guys And Dolls comes this touching, dramatic and intensely personal love story. Your heart will be warmed by this May-December romance when a city bride is wooed by an aging Italian grape farmer who nearly botches everything until his true goodness shines through. With a gorgeous score and spirited dancing, it's a simple and touching love story that makes for an extraordinary night of theatre.

Tony, a middle-aged vintner, makes a mail order marriage proposal which is accepted under the girl's mistaken assumption a photo of his young, handsome foreman is her intended husband. Her hurt and humiliation when she learns the truth, as well as a terrible accident which nearly kills Tony as he hurries to meet her, almost ends the relationship before it begins, but a loving understanding blossoms between them during Tony's long convalescence.

Filled with sweeping ballads, intense dramatic arias and tuneful, splashy Broadway-style numbers, this ambitious "Broadway opera" has found a home on opera and musical theatre stages alike. Its sizable score showcases strong singers, including a mature operatic baritone and a young soprano ingénue for the two lead roles. The rest of the large cast consists of a winsome comic duo for the secondary leads and a host of other compelling characters. The show's lasting popularity has led to two Broadway revivals, the latter with a two-piano accompaniment that is available for rental.

Concert Selections for The Most Happy Fella

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • ABBONDANZA
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    3 MALE VOICES
    Starting Key
    B
    Estimated duration
    7 min 25 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horn 1&2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 2 Vocal Score, 3 Chorus books
  • BIG D
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    F
    Estimated duration
    5 min 35 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute), 1 Reed 2(Oboe), 1 Reed 3(Bb Clarinet), 1 Reed 4(Bass Clarinet), 1 Reed 5(Bassoon), 2 Trumpet 1&2, 2 Horn 1&2, 1 Horn 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 1 Accordian, 2 Piano Conductor, 25 Chorus books
  • HAPPY TO MAKE YOUR AQUAINTANCE
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    2 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    F
    Estimated duration
    5 min 22 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute), 1 Reed 2(Eng.horn), 1 Reed 3(Clarinet), 1 Reed 4(Bb clarinet), 1 Reed 5(Bassoon), 2 Horn 1&2, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Horn 3, 6 Cello, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 1 Harp, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 4 Piano Conductor
  • JOEY, JOEY, JOEY
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Db
    Estimated duration
    5 min
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2(Eng.Horn Oboe), 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4(Bass clarinet ,Clarinet), 1 Reed 5, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 2 Horn 1&2, 1 Horn 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1Trombone 2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Harp, 3 Percussion(Xylo C, Timp, Snare drum, Bells, Cymb), 1 Accordian, 2 Piano Vocal
  • MAMMA, MAMMA
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    5 min 4 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 2 Trumpet 1 & 2, 2 Horn 1 & 2, 1 Horn 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Harp, 3 Percussion(Bells,Tymp.), 1 Accordian, 2 Piano(Vocal,Conductor)
  • MOST HAPPY FELLA
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    6 min 40 sec
    Music by
    FRANK LOESSER
    Lyrics by
    FRANK LOESSER
    Orchestrated by
    DON WALKER
    Instrumentation
    Accordion, Celeste, Opt. Keyboard (combines Accordian and Celeste) Cello (6), Horns (3), Harp, Percussion (3) PV (2), Reed 1, Reed 2, Reed 3. Bass (5) Reed 4, Reed 5, Trombones (2), Trumpets (2), Viola (7), Violin 1 (9), Violin 2 (8), Chorus Books (25)
  • MOST HAPPY FELLA - SYMPHONIC IMPRESSIONS
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $300
    Each Additional Performance:
    $150
    Type
    SYMPHONIC SUITE
    Arranged for
    INSTRUMENTAL
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    15 min 20 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Piano Conductor Score, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Alto Sax (optional) 1 Tenor Sax (optional), 1 Baritone Sax (optional), 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba, 2 Percussion, 1 Timpani, 1 Celeste (incl. bells, xylophone), 1 Harp, 8 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 5 Viola, 5 Cello, 5 Bass
  • MY HEART IS SO FULL OF YOU
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Db
    Estimated duration
    4 min 16 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute), 1 Reed 2(English horn), 1 Reed 3(Clarinet), 1 Reed 4(Clarinet), 1 Reed 5(Bassoon), 1 Horn 3, 2 Horn 1&2, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 2 Piano Conductor, 2 Chorus books
  • OOH! MY FEET!
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    2 FEMALE VOICES
    Starting Key
    Eb
    Estimated duration
    3 min 41 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 English Horn, 2 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 3 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, 2 Percussion, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 2 Piano Vocal Scores, 1 Full Score.
  • OVERTURE ("MOST HAPPY FELLA")
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    INSTRUMENTAL
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    5 min 10 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 1 Horn 3, 2 Horn 1&2, 2 Trumpets 1&2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 1 Accordian, 2 Piano Conductor
  • ROSABELLA
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    5 min 6 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute), 1 Reed 2(English horn ,Oboe), 2 Reed 3(Flute ,Clarinet), 1 Reed 4(Clarinet), 1 Reed 5(Bassoon), 2 Trumpet 1&2, 2 Horn 1&2, 1 Horn 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Harp, 3 Percussion(Bells, Timp, Triangle), 1 Accordian, 2 Piano(Vocal Conductor)
  • SOMEBODY, SOMEWHERE
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    3 min 42 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 English horn, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn 1, 1 Horn 2, 1 Horn 3, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 2 Piano Vocal score
  • STANDING ON THE CORNER
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    4 MALE VOICES
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    3 min 33 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRNAK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute), 1 Reed 2(English horn), 1 Reed 3(Clarinet), 1 Reed 4(Clarinet),1 Reed 5(Bassoon), 2 Trumpet 1&2, 2 Horn 1&2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 2 Piano Conductor, 1 Harp, 1 Accordian, 4 Chorus books
  • WARM ALL OVER
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Frank Loesser
    Lyrics by
    Frank Loesser
    Orchestrated by
    Don Walker
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