BREAKING NEWS: Laura Benanti, Cheyenne Jackson & Shuler Hensley to Lead THE MOST HAPPY FELLA at Encores!; Running April 2-6
Laura Benanti and Cheyenne Jackson will join the previously announced Shuler Hensley in the New York City Center Encores! production of Frank Loesser's Musical The Most Happy Fella, running for seven performances April 2 - 6, 2014. The Most Happy Fella will be directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, with music direction by Rob Berman
The Most Happy Fella, Frank Loesser's most ambitious and romantic musical, tells the heart-stopping story of a love triangle between an aging Napa Valley farmer (Shuler Hensley), a young waitress (Laura Benanti) and a handsome, restless ranch hand (Cheyenne Jackson).
The Most Happy Fella is based on the play They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard. It has a book, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Loesser's score displays an astonishing range - ardent operatic numbers stand side by side with Broadway show-stoppers - and includes "Somebody Somewhere," "My Heart Is So Full of You," "Big D" and "Standing on the Corner." It opened at the Imperial Theatre on May 3, 1956 and ran for 676 performances.
Laura Benanti (Rosabella) won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her acclaimed performance as Gypsy Rose Lee in the Broadway revival of Gypsy, after playing the role in the Encores! SummerStars production. She garnered Tony nominations for her work in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Into the Woods, and Swing, and also appeared on Broadway in In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play; The Wedding Singer; Nine, and The Sound Of Music. She recently starred in NBC's comedy series Go On as well as The Playboy Club. She has also appeared on The Big C and continues to be seen on Law and Order: SVU. Her previous Encores! credits also include the role of Eileen in Wonderful Town.
Shuler Hensley (Tony) will be seen in the upcoming Broadway productions of No Man's Land/Waiting For Godot at the Cort Theater. His additional Broadway credits include The Monster in Young Frankenstein, Jud in Oklahoma! (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Olivier Awards),Inspector Javert in LES MISERABLES and Tarzan. His Off-Broadway credits include in the title role in The Whale (Lortel, Obie Awards), and Hannibal Lecter in Silence! The Musical and The Apple Plays (Drama Desk Award). His opera and concert credits include Carousel (New York Philharmonic and PBS), Wozzeck (Curtis Institute of Music), Regina (Kennedy Center), and performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Detroit Symphony. His film credits include Van Helsing and The Legend of Zorro. Mr. Hensley starred as Ben Marino in the Encores! production of Fiorello.
Cheyenne Jackson (Joey) previously starred in the Encores! productions of Finian's Rainbow and Damn Yankees. His Broadway credits include The Performers, Finian's Rainbow (Drama Desk nomination), Xanadu (Drama Desk nomination), All Shook Up (Theatre World Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination), Aida and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Off-Broadway, he has been seen in The Agony & The Agony, Altar Boyz,8, The 24 Hour Plays and On the Twentieth Century. MR. Jackson's notable television credits include "Onion News Empire," "30 Rock," "Mockingbird Lane," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Glee," and the upcoming "Full Circle." His film credits include Behind the Candelabra, Lola Versus, Price Check, The Green, Hysteria, United 93, and the upcoming Love is Strange, Beautiful Now, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,Opening Night, Lucky Stiff and Mutual Friends. His solo album, I'm Blue, Skies, has just been released by SONY/ATV.