Performing Arts

Loesser's 'Happy Fella' Returns to Stage

Paul Sorvino in the New York City Opera staging of 'The Most Happy Fella'

Paul Sorvino in the New York City Opera staging of The Most Happy Fella. NYC Opera hide caption

toggle caption NYC Opera

The music of Frank Loesser has been celebrated and extended by his wife, Jo Sullivan Loesser, since his death in 1969. But her musical relationship with him began earlier; she starred in the original production of the Loesser Broadway musical The Most Happy Fella.

Jo Sullivan also starred in the long-running New York production of The Three Penny Opera. But she left the stage when she married composer Frank Loesser, whose other musicals include Guys and Dolls and How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying.

After her husband's death, Jo Sullivan Loesser worked to preserve and promote his work, through shows, performances, and recordings. The New York City Opera is currently staging a revival of The Most Happy Fella.

Frank Loesser won an Academy Award for writing the lyrics to "Baby, It's Cold Outside" in 1948.

Purchase Featured Music

The Most Happy Fella - 1956

Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

The Most Happy Fella - 1956
Original Broadway Cast]

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?




Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from