This summer, Palm Beach Dramaworks will be celebrating the stage with its Concert Presentation series. Essentially staged readings of musicals, these full-length concert performances will include both the book and score of acclaimed Broadway musicals set to a limited instrumental accompaniment and minimal staging and design. This summer, two productions were slated: Zorba!, which ran June 20-29; and The Most Happy Fella, July 18-27 and now extended July 31-August 3.
Based on the play They Knew What They Wanted, the 1956 musical The Most Happy Fella harkens back to rural Napa Valley in the 1920’s where a love triangle evolves. Perhaps a prelude to online dating, Tony, an older grape grower strikes up a mail-based relationship with “Rosabella,” a younger woman from San Francisco. After swapping photos of one another—Tony’s being that of a younger farmhand in his employ—the two decide to marry. But once the two finally meet, the lies laid through mail correspondence unravel.
Written by Frank Loesser (book, music and lyrics) in 1956, The Most Happy Fella was nominated for six Tony Awards. PB Dramaworks alum, star of last year’s Man of La Mancha, William Michais will join a cast of 12 for this abbreviated performance.
- Tickets cost $40.
- Showtimes are as follows: Wednesday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
- Extended performance schedule on July 31-August 3.
- For more information, visit palmbeachdramaworks.org.