The Most Happy Fella

Based on Sidney Howard's They Knew What They Wanted
Book, Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Directed by Victoria Bussert

September 04 - October 04 , 1996

1996-1997 Mainstage Season

The Story

A wonderous musical love story of a Napa Valley immigrant vintner and a San Francisco waitress who becomes his mail-order bride is a classic of the American musical theatre. This musical will win your heart, as Frank Loesser’s great songs like "Big D, Standing on the Corner" and "Joey, Joey, Joey" come to life in a robust and lively celebration of deeply felt romance.

Creative & Production Staff

Musical Director: Larry Pressgrove
Choreographer: Williamichael Badolato
Scenic Designer: John Ezell
Costume Designer: James Scott
Lighting Designer: Peter E. Sargent
Stage Manager: Glenn Dunn
Assistant Stage Manager: Scott De Broux
Casting: Rich Cole


Whit Reichert (The Cashier/The Priest/The Bus Driver)
Lovette George (Cleo)
Kirsti Carnahan (Rosabella)
Stephanie Lynge (Waitress)
Tara Tyrrell (Waitress)
Julia Klein (Waitress)
Gina Carlette (Customer)
Bill Bush (Customer/Postman)
Eric Millegan (Customer/Clem)
Monte Black (Customer/Max)
John Payonk (Tony)
Almo Cuervo (Marie)
Hunter Bell (Herman)
Timothy Scott Bennett (Jake)
Timothy Cole (Al)
Brian Sutherland (Joe)
Tom Souhrada (Giuseppe)
Keith Weirich (Pasquale)
Scott Brush (Ciccio)
Gina Carlette (The Country Girl)
Michael Etzwiler (The City Boy)

All the Neighbors and all the Neighbors' Neighbors: Timothy Scott Bennett, Monte Black, Gina Carlette, Timothy Cole, Michael Etzwiler, Julia Klein, Stephanie Lynge, Eric Millegan, Whit Reichert, Tara Tyrrell

Understudies: Timothy Scott Bennett for Herman, Scott Brush for Joe, Julia Klein for Cleo, Stephanie Lynge for Rosabella, Eric Millegan for Giuseppe, Tara Tyrrell for Marie, Keith Weirich for Tony


Larry Pressgrove (First Piano/Conductor)
Diane Ceccarini (Second Piano)
John Brophy (Percussion)

Additional Credits

Assistant Choreographer: Dean Badolato

Sponsorship & Support

Major Sponsor: Monsanto Fund