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Guys and Dolls and The Most Happy Fella: The Greater Loesser

Geoffrey Block

in Enchanted Evenings

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167306
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0010
Guys and Dolls and The Most Happy Fella: The Greater Loesser

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Two 1950s classics by Frank Loesser, Guys and Dolls (1950) and The Most Happy Fella (1956), remain the toast of Broadway in the 1990s. Even those who love to hate Broadway musicals make an exception for Guys and Dolls and consider this show one of the most entertaining and perfect ever. The Most Happy Fella continues to boast the longest initial run, 678 performances, of any Broadway work prior to the 1980s that might claim an operatic rubric.

Keywords: Broadway musicals; musical theater; Frank Loesser; Guys and Dolls

Chapter.  9369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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