Broadway star Patti Cohenour will play Rosabella in Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, set for a Seattle revival at the 5th Avenue Theatre March 5-24.
Cohenour originated the Broadway roles of Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River, Rosabud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and shared Christine Daae with Sarah Brightman in The Phantom of Opera before taking the role over from the London star. Other credits include The Mother Abbess in the Broadway revival of The Sound of Music and Seattle's recent revivals of 1776 and The Servant of Two Masters.
Joining her are Julian Patrick (Seattle's 1776 and an opera veteran) as Tony, Cheyenne Jackson (The Prince and the Pauper) as Joe and Lisa Estridge-Gray as Cleo.
First produced on Broadway in 1956 (the same year as My Fair Lady), The Most Happy Fella tells of the complicated romance that blossoms between Tony and Rosabella. When he leaves her a proposal of marriage at the restaurant where she works, Tony begins a writing relationship with Rosabella. She asks for a photo and, worried that he is too old and ugly for her, Tony sends a picture of his ranch foreman, Joe. Rosabella comes to Tony's vineyard in Napa on the strength of that handsome face, but is shocked and surprised by who Tony actually is. Tragedy strikes, however, and is just enough to bring the two together, teaching them both the true meaning of love. Loesser's score includes the songs "Standing on the Corner," "Joey, Joey, Joey," "Big D," "Somebody, Somewhere" and "My Heart Is so Full of You."