BWW Blog: Eric Ulloa of Goodspeed's THE MOST HAPPY FELLA - Family
We moved on to the main attraction, and sole reason for us going to the fair in the first place, pig swimming races...yes you heard that correctly. Not only was this everything and more than we hoped for - one of them cannon-balled into the pool...yes, a pig! - but our "Most Happy Fella" Bill Nolte picked the winner of the race and earned himself a blue ribbon.
With nauseous bellies full of fried EVERYTHING, equilibriums rebuilding themselves after riding rides built by sadists and the knowledge that a cantaloupe is also called a muskmelon, we headed home an even stronger unit.
Saturday may have been the biggest treat yet, as Jo Sullivan Loesser (The original "Rosabella" and Frank Loesser's widow) came to pay us a visit and sit in on rehearsal. We performed a big chunk of Act One (yeah, we already finished Act One) and watched as she beamed with smiles and broke into tears. Our director Rob asked if she would indulge us and allow the three chefs in the show to sing to her as if she was Rosabella again. She agreed of course and allowed us to have this magical moment and laugh as she slipped right back into character.
(Martín Solá, Greg Roderick and Daniel Berryman serenade Jo Sullivan Loesser)
She then allowed us to ask questions and regaled us in stories of the Golden Age of musical theatre, talking about her good friends Barbara Cook and Lotte Lenya and Bea Arthur. I sat misty-eyed, dreaming of her taking a tour of the house and lanai before sitting down to cheesecake with Bea, Rue, Estelle and Betty.
So, there's the foundation. We are in full gear and driving forward into Act Two as you're reading this. It's easy to be blinded about a show you're performing in and if it's going to be good or not. I can honestly say with this first week as proof, that this is going to be a tremendous revival and a massive artistic triumph for Goodspeed. This cast and creative team, my home away from home "family", are just that damn good.