Overview

Back By Popular Demand!

The Most Happy Fella returns to Dicapo Opera Theatre
from June 14th to July 8th, 2012

Musical theatre has long been an element of Dicapo's tradition. This year the company presents The Most Happy Fella, considered to be one of the most ambitiously operatic shows ever written for the Broadway stage. This May-September romance features a book, music, and lyrics by Tony-Award winner Frank Loesser, best known for Guys and Dolls and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Read what The New York Times has to say!

 

Guest Appearance by Mo Rocca!

Mo will play a singing chef in the opening night performance
of The Most Happy Fella on June 14th, 2012.

Currently a Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, Mo is also a panelist on NPR’s hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and host and creator of the Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learns to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers across the country. Rocca spent four seasons as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and four seasons as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The former president and author of Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Show, Rocca played Vice Principal Douglas Panch in Broadway’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Doody on the Southeast Asian Tour of Grease.

Rocca began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. He went on to write and produce for other kids series, including ABC’s Pepper Ann and Nickelodeon’s The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss—a pre-school series combining the whimsy of Seuss characters with the magic of Jim Henson puppetry.

Rocca also served as consulting editor at the adult men’s magazine Perfect 10 and wrote a book about White House pets and their role in presidential decision-making.

 

Cast

  • Tony Esposito

    Tony

    Michael Corvino has proven himself one of America’s leading verismo and Verdi baritones. With nearly 200 performances achieved of Verdi’s leading baritone roles, he continues to impress audiences and critics alike.

  • Cleo

    Cleo

    Lauren Hoffmeier was born and raised in the heart of New York City where she had the privilege of garnering her passion for music and theater as a child performer in the Dicapo Opera Theatre.

  • Joe

    Joe

    Peter Kendall Clark is pleased to be making his Dicapo Opera debut as Joe. A born New Yorker, the baritone is a distinguished interpreter of contemporary and standard opera, musical theater and concert works.

  • Doc

    Doc

    Michael Hopewell is thrilled to be performing with Dicapo Opera! NYC: Kaspar Hauser (Flea Theater), How Green Was My Valley (The Actor’s Studio), The Pig (Untitled Theater Co. # 61).

  • Rosabella

    Rosabella

    Lauded by the New York Times for her “powerful sound and striking stage presence,” American soprano Molly Mustonen continues to garner critical acclaim for her performances throughout the United States and Europe.

  • Herman

    Herman

    Brance Cornelius is honored to make his Dicapo Opera debut as “Herman”. He recently finished his second season as Papa Who on the National Tour of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical!.

  • Marie

    Marie

    Lisa Chavez, an emerging young Mezzo-Soprano, will be making her debut as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Shreveport Opera in March.

 
 

Creative Team

  • Conductor

    Heralded by Opera News as “clearly a name to watch,” conductor Pacien Mazzagatti has already garnered considerable critical acclaim for his work conducting opera both in the United States and abroad.

  • Choreographer

    Francine Harman, has been associated with Mr. Capasso for over twenty years.

  • Lighting Designer

    Susan Roth designs for a number of regional opera companies in the U.S. Most recently, Ms. Roth served as the lighting designer for the 75th Anniversary tour of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

  • Director

    Michael Capasso the founder and General Director of New York City’s Dicapo Opera Theatre.

  • Set Designer

    John Farrell is the resident designer for Dicapo Opera Theatre where he has created over 50 productions since 1992.

  • Costume Designer

    Julie Wyma joined the Dicapo Opera Theater as both Resident Artist and Costume Designer for the 2011-2012 season. She worked on the productions of Tosca and Beauty and the Beast as wardrobe coordinator, and designed the productions of Iolanta and The Consul.