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Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!

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The New York City Center Encores! production of Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella opened last night. The production stars Laura Benanti, Shuler Hensley, Cheyenne Jackson,Heidi Blickenstaff, Brian Cali, Bradley Dean, Zachary James, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Jessica Molaskey and Kevin Vortmann. The Most Happy Fella is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, with music direction by Rob Berman. The production will run until April 6th.

BroadwayWorld was there for the opening night- check below for photos!

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). It is based on the play They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard, with a book, music and lyrics by Loesser. The 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.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley, Laura Benanti, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Company

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley, Laura Benanti, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Company

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley, Laura Benanti, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Company

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley, Laura Benanti, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Company

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley, Laura Benanti, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Company

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Kevin Vortmann

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Bradley Dean, Zachary James, Brian Cali

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Bradley Dean, Zachary James, Brian Cali

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Bradley Dean, Zachary James, Brian Cali

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jessica Molaskey

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jessica Molaskey

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jessica Molaskey

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jessica Molaskey

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jay Armstrong Johnson and Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jay Armstrong Johnson and Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jay Armstrong Johnson and Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jay Armstrong Johnson and Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jay Armstrong Johnson

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jay Armstrong Johnson

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jay Armstrong Johnson

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jay Armstrong Johnson and Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jay Armstrong Johnson and Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jay Armstrong Johnson and Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley and Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley and Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley and Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley and Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley and Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley and Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jessica Molaskey and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jay Armstrong Johnson

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Laura Benanti and Jay Armstrong Johnson

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley, Laura Benanti and Jay Armstrong Johnson

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Shuler Hensley

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jessica Molaskey, Cheyenne Jackson, Shuler Hensley, Laura Benanti, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Heidi Blickenstaff and Company

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Opening Night of Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
Jessica Molaskey, Cheyenne Jackson, Shuler Hensley, Laura Benanti, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Heidi Blickenstaff and Company

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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