Tonight I was in Lincoln Center, slumming at the New York City Opera. The Most Happy Fella was delightful. Frank Loesser's musical turned 50 this year and although it showed its age with a typical old-school book in its simplicity and corniness, it was not with out some great moments - lots of color, big cast, fun dance scenes. Paul Sorvino and Lisa Vroman took the leads and didn't disappoint. At times, the orchestra was covering Paul's voice, but overall, he had great stamina and a wonderful tenor voice. He wasn't much for acting the part and did seem a little old for the role, but it was nice to see him. I was especially interested in hearing Lisa Vroman since she played Johanna in the San Francisco Symphony production of Sweeney Todd, which I have on dvd. Broadway regular Leah Hocking, as Cleo, stole the show, hands down as the girl from Big Dallas.
I can't help loving the old-school book musicals I've seen - Gypsy, 42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wonderful Town and The Pajama Game - now add The Most Happy Fella - they are pure entertainment.