The Most Happy Fella

First Complete Recording - 3 CD set with full libretto

The Most Happy Fella, First Complete Recording - 3 CD set with full libretto
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Music Lyrics and Libretto by
Frank Loesser

Louis Quilico (In his last ever recording)
Emily Loesser
Richard Muenz
Nancy Shade
Don Stephenson
Karen Ziemba

and Special Guest
Jo Sullivan Loesser

The National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by
John Owen Edwards

There are three Opera masterpieces from Broadway, George Gershwin's PORGY AND BESS, Kurt Weill's STREET SCENE and Frank Loesser's THE MOST HAPPY FELLA. JAY Records are proud to add the second to it's proposed complete recordings of the trilogy.

As with STREET SCENE (CDJAY2 1232), this recording of THE MOST HAPPY FELLA is absolutely complete. Not only complete but it includes over 30 minutes of cut material not previously heard. The reason for the cut was that the original actress who sang the role of Marie could not sing the music, but with the great opera/musical star, Nancy Shade who sings the role on JAY's complete recording, the glorious music have been recorded to stunning perfection for the first time.

Opera legend Louis Quilico, recognised as one of the world's greatest Rigolettos takes on the taxing lead role of Tony, one which he sang to great acclaim at the New York City Opera a few years back. When the original production first opened on Broadway, Mrs. Loesser (Jo Sullivan) sang the role of Rosabella and now over 45 years later, her daughter, the Broadway star Emily Loesser takes on the same role for the recording. This all star cast recording includes Tony award winners as Karen Ziemba (currently wowing them on Broadway with the smash hit, CONTACT), Richard Muenz and Don Stephenson (currently starring in the Broadway bound revival of FINIAN'S RAINBOW). John Owen Edwards conducted The National Symphony Orchestra.

Although it's sung through (almost), the score is jam packed with hit songs such as STANDING ON THE CORNER, JOEY JOEY JOEY, BIG D, MY HEART IS SO FULL OF YOU, SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE, HAPPY TO MAKE YOUR ACQUAINTENCE, WARM ALL OVER, ROSABELLA amongst others.

Recorded in Digital Dolby Surround Sound at Abbey Road Studios in London and Clinton Studios in New York. 

CD 1
  1. Overture
    National Symphony Orchestra
  2. Scene: Thank You...
    Walter Charles
  3. Ooh! My Feet!
    Karen Ziemba
  4. Scene: Hey, Where's What Her Name...
    Walter Charles, Emily Loesser, Karen Ziemba
  5. I Know How It Is
    Emily Loesser, Karen Ziemba
  6. Scene: It's Jewelry,,,
    Karen Ziemba, Emily Loesser
  7. My Dear Rosabella
    Emily Loesser, Karen Ziemba
  8. I Don't Know Noing About You
    Emily Loesser, Karen Ziemba
  9. Scene: I Live On My Grape Ranch...
    Karen Ziemba, Emily Loesser, Walter Charles, Girls
  10. Maybe He's Kind-a Crazy...
    Emily Loesser, Karen Ziemba
  11. Somebody, Somewhere
    Emily Loesser
  12. The Most Happy Fella
    Louis Quilico, George Lee Andrews, Company
  13. Scene: Oh, Hello Marie...
    Nancy Shade, Louis Quilico
  14. I Don't Know Noting About Her
    Louis Quilico, Nancy Shade
  15. Scene: Hi Boss...
    Don Stephenson, George Dvorsky, Michael Gruber, Guy Stroman
  16. Standing On The Corner
    Don Stephenson, George Dvorsky, Michael Gruber, Guy Stroman
  17. Scene: All Right, Break it Up...
    Richard Muenz, Drew McVety, Louis Quilico
  18. Joey, Joey,Joey
    Richard Muenz
  19. Scene: Hey, Tony What's The Italian...
    Richard Muenz, Louis Quilico
  20. Soon You Gonna Leave Me, Joe
    Louis Quilico, Richard Muenz
  21. Rosabella
    Louis Quilico
  22. Opening Act One Scene Three
    Mark Slama
  23. Abbondanza
    Alfred Boe, Stephen Davis, Joseph Shovelton
  24. Scene: And Thsi Is Tony's Barn...
    Kristin Chenoweth, Mark Slama, Louis Quilico, Company
  25. Plenty Bambini
    Louis Quilico, Art Ostrin
  26. Scene: Hey! Boss!...
    Richard Muenz, Louis Quilico
  27. Sposalizio
    Stephen Davis, Alfred Boe, Joseph Shovelton, Company
  28. Scene: Bocci Ball Anybody?...
    Steve Routman, William Burden, Kristin Chenoweth, Mark Slama
  29. Scene: Well, Here We Are...
    George Lee Andrews, Richard Muenz, Emily Loesser
  30. I Seen Her At The Station
    George Lee Andrews, Richard Muenz
  31. Benvenuta
    Alfred Boe, Stephen Davis, Joseph Shovelton, Richard Muenz
  32. Scene: It's Very Lovely,,,
    Emily Loesser, Charlotte Vaughn Raines
  33. Such Friendly Faces
    Emily Loesser
  34. Scene: Thank You Very Much...
    Emily Loesser, Richard Muenz, Nancy Shade, Stephen Davis, Company
  35. No Home, No Job
    Emily Loesser
  36. Scene: Step Back Everybody...
    William Burden, Emily Loesser, Louis Quilico, Nancy Shade, Company
  37. Don't Cry
    Richard Muenz, Emily Loesser
CD 2
  1. Prelude To Act Two
    National Symphony Orchestra
  2. Fresno Beauties Part One
  3. Cold And Dead
    Richard Muenz, Emily Loesser
  4. Fresno Beauties Part Two
  5. Scene: Ma Che Brutte Sortel...
    Louis Quilico, William Burden, Ladies
  6. Love And Kindness
    William Burden, Louis Quilico
  7. Scene: Hey, You Mad At Me...
    Louis Quilico, Emily Loesser
  8. Happy To Make Your Acquaintance
    Emily Loesser, Louis Quilico
  9. Scene: Oh, Marie...
    Karen Ziemba, Nancy Shade, Louis Quilico, Emily Loesser
  10. Happy To Make Your Acquaintance (Reprise)
    Louis Quilico, Emily Loesser
  11. I Don't Like This Dame
    Nancy Shade, Karen Ziemba, Men
  12. Big D
    Karen Ziemba, Don Stephenson, Company
  13. How Beautiful The Days
    Louis Quilico, Emily Loesser, Nancy Shade, Richard Muenz
  14. Act Two Scene Three Opening
    National Symphony Orchestra
  15. Scene: Just Look At 'Em...
    Nancy Shade, Louis Quilico
  16. Young People
    Nancy Shade, Louis Quilico
  17. Warm All Over
    Emily Loesser
  18. Old People Gotta Sit Dere An' Die
    Louis Quilico
  19. Scene: Now You Got To Look Out For This Label Glue...
    Don Stephenson, Karen Ziemba
  20. Scene: Oh, Hello Pasquale...
    Karen Ziemba, Don Stephenson
  21. I Like Ev'rybody
    Karen Ziemba, Don Stephenson
  22. Act Two Scene Five Opening
    National Symphony Orchestra
  23. Scene: Isn't It Wonderful?...
    Karen Ziemba, Emily Loesser
  24. I Love Him
    Emily Loesser, Karen Ziemba
  25. Scene: Easy Now...
    William Burden, Louis Quilico
  26. Like A Woman Loves A Man
    Emily Loesser, Louis Quilico
  27. My Heart Is So Full Of You
  28. Scene: Hey Paesan!...
    Louis Quilico, Company
  29. Hoedown
    Mark Slama, Company
  30. Scene: Rosabella! What's-a Matter...
    Louis Quilico, William Burden, Karen Ziemba, Emily Loesser, Company
  31. Mamma, Mamma
    Louis Quilico
CD 3
  1. Prelude Act Three
    National Symphony Orchestra
  2. Abbondanza (Reprise)
    Alfred Boe, Stephen Davis, Joseph Shovelton
  3. Scene: Fellas? Hey, fellas...
    Don Stephenson, Stephen Davis, Joseph Shovelton, Alfred Boe
  4. I Like Everybody
    Karen Ziemba, Don Stephenson
  5. Scene: Before The Party Begins...
    William Burden
  6. Song Of A Summer Night
    William Burden, Company
  7. Scene: Carissima! What's-a Matter...
    Louis Quilico, Emily Loesser
  8. Please Let Me Tell You
    Emily Loesser
  9. Scene: Ma Che C'e?...
    Louis Quilico, Stephen Davis
  10. Scene: So You're Finally Gettin' Out Of Town...
    Richard Muenz, George Dvorsky, Michael Gruber, Guy Stroman, Louis Quilico
  11. She Gonna Come Home Wit' Me
    Louis Quilico, Nancy Shade, Karen Ziemba
  12. I Made A Fist
    Don Stephenson, Karen Ziemba
  13. Scene: He's Gonna Be Tony's Bambino...
    Louis Quilico, Emily Loesser
  14. I Canno' Leave You Money
    Louis Quilico, Emily Loesser
  15. Finale Act Three
    Louis Quilico, Emily Loesser, Company
  16. Exit Music
    National Symphony Orchestra
  17. House And Garden
    Emily Loesser, Karen Ziemba
  18. Tony And Marie Duet / Nobody's Gonna Love You Like I Love You
    Nancy Shade, Louis Quilico
  19. Eyes Like A Stranger
    Nancy Shade, William Burden
  20. Is It Fair? / Warm All Over / Old People Gotta Sit Down An' Die
    Nancy Shade, Louis Quilico, Emily Loesser
  21. I'll Buy Everybody A Beer
    William Burden, Company
  22. Wanting To Be Wanted
    Jo Sullivan