RAVE REVIEWS for TAP’s ‘The Most Happy Fella’!

Eliza Anna Falk reviewed TAP’s Spring production for DC Metro Theater Arts and concluded:  “If you are fond of musicals – especially the grand old fashioned Broadway productions of the 1950s – seeing The Most Happy Fellow at the Arlington Players is simply a must!”

“Entering the auditorium, seeing the orchestra pit with the conductor ready to begin, and a spacious stage by Scenic Designer Bill Wisniewski, which hat has been turned into a San Francisco Chinese restaurant, I was so excited with anticipation. Within minutes after watching and hearing the first performer – beautiful, talented, and funny Teresa Danskey (Cleo) – I was transported into the world of 1950′s Broadway-esque magic, with a score that marvelously fused American and Italian cultures and musical styles together.

“What followed was a display of amazing singing, acting and dancing, and a great visual and musical feast in 3 acts, 11 scenes, and 27 musical numbers. Not that I was counting, because I was too busy with my eyes and ears ‘glued’ to the stage, lost in time.

“Staging The Most Happy Fellow is a dream come true for its Director, Gloria DuGan ,and Musical Director, David Rohde. Both have always wanted to do the show, despite its scope and challenges…All in all it took 5300 hours of volunteer time to put the production together. And what a success!”

The Most Happy Fellow runs Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 4-19; evening performances at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Produced by Janet Bordeaux
Directed by Gloria DuGan
Music Direction by David Rohde
Choreographed by Jeannie Torres
Assistant Director - Lorraine Magee
Stage Manager - Terri Carnahan
Assistant Stage Manager - Meghann K. Peterlin and Katie Lewis
Set Designer and Master Carpenter - Bill Wisniewski
Lighting Designed by B. Keith Ryder
Lighting Technician - Steve Ross and Raj Damodaran
Sound Designed by Stan Harris
Drop Design/Set Painting/Scenic Artist - Mary Speed
Properties and Set Dressing - Angie Anderson
Costumes Designed by Laura Fontaine and Holly McDade
Hair & Makeup Designed by Kendel Taylor

Tony - Jimmy Payne
Rosabella - Heather Whitney
Joe - Christopher Overly
Cleo - Teresa Danskey
Herman - Joseph (Joey) Wilson
Marie - Linda Wells
Pasquale - Tom Mirenda
Postman/Ciccio - Quinn McCord
Guiseppe/Jake - Jerrod Laber
Doc - Bob Ashby
Clem - William Shingler
Al - Derek Marsh
Cashier/Max/Priest/Bus Driver - Jim Pearson
Katlyn Howes Bennett
Maria Ciarrocchi
Denise Escurel
Elisabeth Gorey
Sandy Kozel
Brittany Mills
Stuart Orloff
Michael Panganiban
Bridgette Pfannenbecker
D’Esprit Smith
Janet Devine Smith
Emmaline Taylor
Karen Toth