Happy Days - A New Musical (90 Minute Version)

by  Garry Marshall, Paul Williams

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  10m, 7f

This abridged, 90-minute version, is perfect for school groups. 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…

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Happy Days - A New Musical (90 Minute Version)

by  Garry Marshall Paul Williams

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Happy Days - A New Musical (90 Minute Version)

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This abridged, 90-minute version, is perfect for school groups. 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

"Very cool! TWO THUMBS UP!" - Los Angeles Daily News

"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

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Song Samples

Welcome to Wisconsin
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Snap
0:00
Romeo Midnight
0:00
Leopards Are We / The Plaque
0:00
The Pink's In Town
0:00
What I Dreamed Last Night
0:00
Message In The Music
0:00
Maybe It's Time To Move On
0:00
Run
0:00
Legend in Leather
0:00
"Aaay" mless
0:00
Guys Like Us
0:00
Dancing On The Moon
0:00
Ordinary Hero
0:00
Finale
0:00
Paul Williams' interview for Dave's Gone By
0:00

Casting

10m, 7f

ARTHUR "THE FONZ" FONZARELLI- The king of cool, sexy, funny, and loaded with charisma, older than the other kids. In his late teens, early 20's. He wears jeans, white t-shirt, leather jacket, and motorcycle boots at all times except when he works in the garage, when he wears mechanics coveralls. 

RICHIE CUNNINGHAM - High school student, Fonzie’s best friend, all-American, honest, reliable.

PINKY TUSCADERO - Fonzie’s love interest, sexy, confi dent, tough and a body to die for. Motorcycle daredevil. Same age as Fonzie.

HOWARD CUNNINGHAM - Richie’s dad, the quintessential mid-western head of household. A man in his 40’s.

MARION CUNNINGHAM - Richie’s mom, warm, naïve and wise. In her 40’s.

JOANIE CUNNINGHAM - Richie’s younger sister, 15-16 years old, lovable, precocious and has a big crush on Chachi

CHARLES “CHACHI” ARCOLA - Fonzie’s cousin who tries to be just like him. Probably 15 or 16. Likes Joanie.

RALPH MALPH - High school buddy of Richie’s. He is the class clown.

WARREN “POTSIE”WEBBER - High school buddy of Richie’s, not very cool but tries hard to be. He is a bit of a nerd.

LEOPARD MANNY MOON- Howard's Leopard Lodge brother and principal of the High School

MYRON “COUNT” MALACHI - ½ of Malachi brothers, Fonzie’s nemesis,
greaser type, overly dramatic, in his 20’s

ELVIS - Elvis Presley circa late ‘50’s

LEOPARD MAC GATES - Howard’s Leopard Lodge brother

JUMPY MALACHI - Other ½ of the Malachi brothers, fi lled with nervous energy, greaser type, in his 20’s

JAMES DEAN - the 1950’s movie icon

ARNOLD DELVECCHIO - A man in his 50’s, owner of Arnold’s malt shop, member of the Leopard Lodge

LORI BETH ALLEN/CALENDAR GIRL - Sweet, lovely, “girl next door” type. Richie’s girlfriend, high school student

PINKETTE LOLA/ CAR HOP GIRL/CALENDAR GIRL/ENSEMBLE - hot looking dancer/singer

PINKETTE TINA/CAR HOP GIRL/CALENDAR GIRL/ENSEMBLE - hot looking dancer/singer

ENSEMBLE GIRL/CALENDAR GIRL - dancer/singer

ENSEMBLE BOY- dancer/singer

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

Doubled roles can be given to individual actors for larger casts or can be doubled in any way that is convenient for the production. 

Resources

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Keyboard 1/Conductor Score
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Guitar
Keyboard
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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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