Happy Days - A New Musical (Full Length Version)

Happy Days - A New Musical (Full Length Version)

by  Garry Marshall, Paul Williams

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  10m, 7f

"If you like Grease you will love Happy Days. A power house, rock and roll trip down memory lane, HAPPY DAYS IS NOT TO BE MISSED!" - New York Daily News

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Happy Days - A New Musical (Full Length Version)

Happy Days - A New Musical (Full Length Version)

by  Garry Marshall Paul Williams

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Happy Days - A New Musical (Full Length Version)

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Goodbye gray skies, hello blue! Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable "king of cool" Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures television series, Happy Days, A New Musical reintroduces one of America's best loved families, the Cunninghams -- yes, Howard, Marion and Joanie are here too -- to a whole new generation of kids and parents.

The famed drive-in malt shop and number one hangout, Arnold's, is in danger of demolition. So the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match. Even Pinky Tuscadero, Fonzie's childhood sweetheart, returns to help and -- lo and behold! -- they rekindle their old flame.

Happy Days, A New Musical, with amazing music from Oscar-winner Paul Williams and a book by the TV series original creator Garry Marshall, is perfect for regional theatres to perform. High schools can also perform the show with any number of cast members they wish. This show is so versatile it can be done with a full orchestra or just a piano! Return to the days of 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin' fun. This perfectly family friendly musical will have you rockin' and rollin' all week long!
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Reviews

"If you like Grease you will love Happy Days. A power house, rock and roll trip down memory lane, HAPPY DAYS IS NOT TO BE MISSED!" - New York Daily News

"A family show... and it brings back a cast of characters loved by millions of fans." - TalkingBroadway.com

"A real crowd pleaser!" - Hollywood Reporter

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

Song Samples

Sample of Samphony Tracks for Happy Days
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Snap
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The Thing About Girls
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Romeo Midnight
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Leopards Are We / The Plaque
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The Pink's In Town
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What I Dreamed Last Night
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Message in the Music
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Maybe It's Time to Move On
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Run
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Legend in Leather
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"Aaaay" mless
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Malachi's
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What I Dreamed Last Night (Reprise)
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Guys Like Us
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Hot Love
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Welcome to Wisconsin
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Dancing On the Moon
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Ordinary Hero
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Finale
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Paul Williams' interview for Dave's Gone By
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Casting

10m, 7f
Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli – the King of Cool. Sexy, funny and loaded with charisma. Older than the other kids. 
Richie Cunningham – High School student, Fonzie's best friend, All-American, honest and reliable. 
Howard Cunningham – Richie's dad, the quintessential Midwestern head of household. A man in his 40's who is also in the local order of Leopards. 
Charles "Chachi" Arcola – Fonzie's cousin who tries to be just like him. Probably 15-16 and he likes Joanie. Plays with a yo-yo. 
Pinky Tuscadero – Fonzie's love interest, sexy, confident, tough and a body to die for. Motorcycle daredevil. (no motorcycle riding in the show, though) 
Marion Cunningham – Richie's mom, warm, naïve and wise. She is in her 40's. 
Joanie Cunningham – Richie's younger sister, 15-16 years old, lovable, precocious and has a big crush on Chachi. Twirls a baton. 
Lori Beth Allen - Sweet, lovely, "girl next door" type. Richie's girlfriend, high school student. 
Ralph Malph – High school buddy of Richie's. He is the class clown. 
Warren "Potsie" Webber – Richie's high school buddy, not very cool but tries hard to be. He is a little bit of a nerd. 
Pinkette Lola – backup singer/dancer for Pinky Tuscadero. 
Pinkette Tina - backup singer/dancer for Pinky Tuscadero. 
Bully/Ensemble - big tough guy 
Leopard Manny Moon/Ensemble - Howard's Leopard Lodge brother and principal of the high school 
Myron "Count" Malachi/Ensemble - one-half of The Malachi Brothers, Fonzie's nemesis, greaser type, overly dramatic, in his 20's. As Count, he does show fancy wrestling moves. 
Elvis/Ensemble – Elvis Presley circa late 50's. 
Leopard Mac Gates/Ensemble - Howard's Leopard Lodge brother 
Jumpy Malachi/Ensemble - other one-half of The Malachi Brothers, filled with nervous energy, greaser type, in his 20's. As Jumpy, he does show fancy wrestling moves. 
James Dean/Ensemble - the 1950's movie icon 
Arnold Delvecchio/Ensemble – A man in his 50's, owner of Arnold's Malt Shop, member of the Leopard Lodge. 
Ensemble Boys – dancers/singers to play teenagers, rebels, etc. 
Ensemble Men – Dancers/signers to play adult men and parents 
Nerd Girl – nerd daughter of Principal Moon. 
Ensemble girls/ladies – dancers/singers to play teenagers as well as Car Hop & Calendar Girls 
Car Hop Girls – young ladies who can dance on roller skates. Proficiency on roller skates a must. 
Calendar Girls – Teenage girls to adolescent ladies who can act sexy. May do the splits. 
Ensemble Women – Dancers/singers to play adult women and parents 
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Keyboard 1 / Conductor
1 Bass
1 Drums
1 Guitar
1 Keyboard 2
1 Reed
1 Trombone
1 Trumpet
20 Vocal Chorus Books

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Authors

Garry Marshall

(1934 - 2016) Garry was a veteran producer, director and writer of film, television, and theater. After graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he went on to create, write, and produce some of television’s most beloved situation comedies, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mi ...

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Paul Williams

is an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe award-winning Hall of Fame songwriter and President and Chairman of the Board of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, (ASCAP). “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “You and Me Against the World,” “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “I Won’t Last a D ...

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