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The Most Happy Fella: 1992 Broadway Cast

Release Date: 06/09/1992 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 61294   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frank Loesser
Conductor:  Tim Stella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Broadway Cast Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Length:  1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A chamber version of the big bustling 1956 folk opera by Frank Loesser, this revival of The Most Happy Fella opened on February 13, 1992 at the Booth Theatre, on Broadway. In spite of stellar performances by its cast – led by Spiro Malas as big-hearted Napa Valley vintner Tony; Sophie Hayden as Rosabella, his mail-order bride; Charles Pistone as Joe, the foreman whose picture Tony has sent instead of his own to lure Rosabella; and Liz Larsen as Cleo, Rosabella’s friend – and enthusiastic reviews, the show failed to find an audience and closed after playing 229 performances. Loesser’s robust score survives in this well nigh perfect recording, the first in stereo.

Music and lyrics written by Frank Loesser.
Principal cast
Read more includes: Spiro Malas (Tony); Sophie Hayden (Rosabella); Claudia Catania (Marie); Buddy Crutchfield (Ciccio); Tad Ingram (Postman); Liz Larsen (Cleo); Mark Lotito (Pasquale); Bill Nabel (Giuseppe); Charles Pistone (Joe); Scott Waara (Herman).
Recorded at BMG Studio A, New York, New York on March 23, 1992.

1. Prelude 1:13
2. Ooh, My Feet 2:15
3. I Know How It Is 4:33
4. Somebody, Somewhere 2:12
5. The Most Happy Fella 3:52
6. Standing on the Corner 2:40
7. A Long Time Ago 1:56
8. Joey, Joey, Joey 3:38
9. Rosabella 2:38
10. Abbondanza 1:39
11. Sposalizio 2:41
12. Benvenuta 3:04
13. Aren't You Glad 2:46
14. Don't Cry 3:25
15. Fresno Beauties 3:13
16. Love and Kindness 2:10
17. Happy to Make Your Acquaintance 3:56
18. Big 'D' 5:01
19. How Beautiful the Days 3:09
20. Warm All Over 2:15
21. I Like Everybody 1:46
22. My Heart Is So Full of You 3:11
23. Mama, Mama 2:49
24. Song of a Summer Night 2:54
25. Please Let Me Tell You 1:27
26. I Made a Fist 1:05
27. Finale 2:15
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Works on This Recording

The Most Happy Fella by Frank Loesser
Conductor:  Tim Stella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Broadway Cast Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  BMG Studio A 

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