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"Most Happy Fella"
Presented by
The Barn Theatre

Photos By Joe Gigli

Montville - The Barn Theatre's production of THE MOST HAPPY FELLA, the  timeless and classical musical masterpiece by Frank Loesser. THE MOST HAPPY FELLA will be presented May 17 through June 1, 2002 at The Barn Theatre on Skyline Drive in Montville. (top left) Michael Craig, as Tony; and Tom Schopper, as Joe. (above right) Liza Zolnowski, as Rosabella; with Tony and ensemble. (left) Jonathan Wentz, as Herman; and Stearns Matthews, perform "Standing On The Cornor Watching All The Girls Go By"

"Most Happy Fella"

Presented by
The Barn Theatre

Photos By Joe Gigli

MONTVILLE -  Frank Loesser's timeless and classic American musical, "The Most Happy Fella", will be presented at The Barn Theatre in Montville from May  17 through June 1, 2002 -- show times are 8:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays and  3:00pm on Sundays. Ticket price is $20; tickets for senior citizens and students are $19 on Sunday performances only.  Jay Mills directs; Warren Helms is the Musical Director.
   Set in the wine region of Napa Valley, California, "The Most Happy Fella" tells the heart-warming story of Tony, an  aging, shy and self-deprecating Italian vineyard owner who falls in love with Rosabella, a San Francisco waitress with whom he so shy that

he can only bring  up the courage to court and finally propose to by mail. Afraid that she will reject him because of his age and appearance, Tony sends her a photograph of his  young, handsome ranch foreman, Joe, instead of his own.  Complications (along with a few twists)

ensue, but over time Rosabella learns to appreciate and ultimately fall in love with the gentle and kind Tony.  A simple love story that shows that love can win no matter what the obstacles, "The Most Happy Fella" is  a jewel of the American musical theatre that has been described as

"a musical operetta" and has been hailed as a masterpiece -- it's famous numbers include "Standing On The Corner," "Big D," "Somebody, Somewhere" and "Joey, Joey, Joey."
     With choreography by Lauren Moran, The Barn Theatre's production  of "The Most Happy Fella" stars Michael Craig of Englewood as Tony and Lisa Zolnowski of Flemington as Rosabella.  The 28-person cast also features Tom  Schopper of Bloomingdale as Joe, Laura Kennedy of Denville as Cleo, Jonathan Wentz of Whippany as Herman and Robin Totillo of Boonton Township as Marie.
     The Barn Theatre is located at the end of Skyline Drive in Montville, just minutes off Exit 47 of Route 287.  For reservations, call The  Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320 -- more information on the play and the theatre can be found at The Barn's website:

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