A New Musical
Book by Garry Marshall
Music & Lyrics by Paul Williams
Directed by Gordon Greenberg
Choreographed by Michele Lynch
Music Supervision, Arrangement and Orchestration by John McDaniel
MUST CLOSE THIS SUNDAY
Nov 16, 2008!
The North American Tour Starts Here! See It First!
Based on the Paramount Pictures television series "Happy Days"
created by Garry Marshall
Goodbye gray skies, hello blue – HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical launches its national tour at La Mirada Theatre in October 2008. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures’ television series, HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical reintroduces one of America’s best-loved families, the Cunninghams, and the days of 1959 Milwaukee. This time capsule is complete with familiar friends: Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph, Joanie and Chachi, Pinky Tuscadero and of course, the king of cool: Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli.
Arnold’s, the famed drive-in malt shop, is in danger of demolition, so the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and TV-worthy wrestling match. Complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin’, HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical brings back the nostalgia of the ‘50s in a perfect family entertainment.
The cast of HAPPY DAYS - A New Musical includes Joey Sorge as Fonzie, Cynthia Ferrer as Mrs. Cunningham, Felicia Finley as Pinky, Steven Booth as Richie. Matt Walker & Matt Merchant as the Malachi Brothers, Barry Pearl as Arnold, John Massey as Howard, Whitney Bashor as Joanie, Chris Fore as Chachi, James Michael Lambert as Ralph, Justin Michael Duval as Potsie, Molly Alvarez as Lori Beth and Joseph Keane, Jaclyn Miller, Jill Morrison, Gabrielle Reid, Leah Sprecher, and Jeff Sumner.
HAPPY DAYS - A New Musical has assembled an award-winning design team. The music direction is by Bruce Barnes. The set design is by Walt Spangler. Lighting design is by Jeff Croiter. The costume design is by David C. Woolard. The sound design is by Julie Ferrin. Hair and wig design is by Judi Lewin. The production stage manager is Lynda A. Lavin.
About the Writers
GARRY MARSHALL (Book) has created, written and produced some of television’s most beloved situation comedies, including Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Mork & Mindy and The Odd Couple. He has directed 16 movies. Among them are Pretty Woman, Beaches, Overboard, The Princess Diaries 1 & 2 and Runaway Bride. As an actor he’s played many memorable roles, including ‘Mr. Harvey’ in his sister Penny Marshall’s “A League of Their Own” and ‘Irwin’ in his son Scott Marshall’s debut feature, “Keeping Up with the Steins.” In 1995, Marshall wrote his autobiography with his daughter Lori, called “Wake Me When It’s Funny.” And in 1997, he built a theater in Burbank, California with his daughter Kathleen, called the Falcon Theatre.
Academy Award-winning composer PAUL WILLIAMS (Music and Lyrics) brings a new energy to the ‘50s genre. His diverse style of songwriting has given the world pop hits recorded by The Carpenters (“We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays” among others) and Barbara Streisand (“Evergreen” – the love theme from “A Star is Born”), to the frothy confection, “The Theme to the Love Boat.” He also composed the song “The Rainbow Connection” for “The Muppet Movie.