Schools of the Stars: Where The Most Happy Fella Cast and Creators Went to College

By Robert Viagas
02 Apr 2014

Where the principals of the Encores! production of The Most Happy Fella pursued their college studies.



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What does it take to write, create or star in a musical revival for the City Center Encores! series? Hard work, talent, luck—all backed up by a good education. You have to supply the first three yourself, but PlaybillEDU™ can help you find the fourth.

Here is a rundown on where the principals of the New York City Center Encores! revival of The Most Happy Fella pursued their college studies. Visit PlaybillEDU.com to learn how you can follow in their footsteps. Individual school listings on the site are linked below.

Principal Cast:
Laura Benanti: New York University
Heidi Blickenstaff: Duke University
Cheyenne Jackson, NA
Brian Cali: Catholic University of America and University of California, Los Angeles
Bradley Dean: Carnegie Mellon University
Shuler Hensley: University of Georgia, Manhattan School of Music and Curtis Institute of Music
Jessica Molaskey, NA
Zachary James: Ithaca College
Jay Armstrong Johnson: New York University--Steinhardt
Kevin Vortmann: Northwestern University

Production Credits:
Casey Nicholaw (Direction and Choreography): University of California, Los Angeles
Frank Loesser (Music and Lyrics): City College of New York
Joseph Stein (Libretto): City College of New York and Columbia University
Sidney Howard (Source Material, They Knew What They Wanted): University of California, Los Angeles and Harvard University