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Enchanted EveningsThe Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim$
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Geoffrey Block

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.001.0001

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

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

(p.197) Chapter Ten Guys and Dolls and The Most Happy Fella: The Greater Loesser
Enchanted Evenings

Geoffrey Block

Oxford University Press

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

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