Musicals have always brought impossible dreams to life on stage, from cats that can talk to humans who can sing in public without feeling weird. Escape from reality with this GrouponLive deal to see the USC School of Dramatic Arts’ production of The Most Happy Fella at the Bing Theatre. For $17, you get two tickets for general admission (up to a $34 value, including all fees). Choose from the following performances:
- Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m.
- Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m.
- Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, April 14, at 2:30 p.m.
The Most Happy Fella, based on the Sidney Howard novel They Knew What They Wanted, tells the turbulent love story of Rosabella, a young and harried waitress, and Tony, an aging Italian fruit farmer whose paunch and ineloquence rivals his good-heartedness. Their love affair begins in anonymity when Rosabella finds a romantic note written by Tony in fractured English. Unsure of the author, but charmed, she replies and begins a months-long courtship via mail. When Rosabella later requests a picture of her unseen suitor, the shy Tony sends her a photo of a different, much more handsome gentlemen. When she later accepts his marriage proposal under false pretenses and finally meets her mystery man, it’s uncertain how long Tony will remain “the most happy fella.”
A rarity among musicals, The Most Happy Fella is sung from top to bottom, with little spoken dialogue to narrate the acts. Warming, then breaking the hearts of audiences since 1956, the Tony-winning musical is driven by the lyrics and music of Frank Loesser, who is also known for his work in Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Loesser’s lush melodies stand out like Waldo in front of vertical stripes in ballads such as “My Heart is Full of You” and “Someday, Somewhere.” On a more playful note, audiences can’t help but tap their toes to the jaunty showstopper “Standing on the Corner” or the musical’s ecstatic title song.
USC School of Dramatic Arts
Consistently ranked among the most renowned theater schools in the United States, USC School of the Dramatic Arts has groomed many of its illustrious alumni for the spotlight, including Forest Whitaker and Eric Stoltz. The school has upheld that high pedigree throughout the years with diverse musical and theatrical productions by the likes of The Twelfth Night, City of Angels, and The Grapes of Wrath.