Happiness

Lincoln Center Theater, 2009

Book by John Weidman
Music Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie
Direction & Choreography:
Susan Stroman

Scenic Design by Tom Lynch
Costume Design by William Ivey Long
Lighting Design by Donald Holder
Sound Design by Scott Lehrer
Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin
Music Direction by Eric Stern

With Anna Maria Andrican,
Fred Applegate, Sebastian Arcelus,
Miguel Cervantes, Patrick Cummings,
Hunter Foster, Joanna Gleason,
James Moye, Alessa Neeck, Ken Page,
Robert Petkoff, Jenny Powers, Robb Sapp,
Phyllis Somerville, Pearl Sun,
Alexander Scheitinger, Idara Victor

 

PRESS

“…110 minutes of flawless, nonstop entertainment. It amazes. It is the work of sometime Sondheim librettist John Weidman, with music and lyrics by Grey Gardens creators Scott Frankel and Michael Korie and direction and choreography by the eminent Susan Stroman, which adds up to as good a pedigree as one could hope for in a new musical.”

–John Simon, Bloomberg.com, March 30, 2009

Happiness has a jazzy score and clever lyrics, thanks to composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie, who also did Grey Gardens. They have a gift for understanding the subtle contradictions in people and exposing the vulnerability beneath a polished exterior.”

–Fern Seigel, The Huffington Post, May 11, 2009

“..this highly imaginative production moves seamlessly, reeling in its audience in the first five minutes and never letting it off the hook for the hour and 50-minute length of the intermission-less free show. A cast of 24 talented actors, some of them taking multiple roles, help make Happiness one of the unexpected delights of the waning theatrical season.”

–Frederick M. Winship, United Press International, April 1, 2009

“…chock-full of wonderful, original, thought-provoking characters, ideas and songs. It’s one of the best musicals of the last 10 years to not get recorded. If a musical plays in the forest but nobody makes an original cast recording, did it really play? (In all seriousness, a Happiness cast recording must happen.)”

–Jennifer Ashley Tepper, “They Only Ran a Minute! 10 Forgotten Musicals Due For a Revival,” Playbill.com, May 3, 2015

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FURTHER READING

Playbill.com: They Only Ran a Minute! 10 Forgotten Musicals Due For a Revival