|Martin Rojas Dietrich as Tony & Amanda Johnson as Rosabella|
When a musical begins with a waitress on stage’s edge taking off her shoes, rubbing her tired toes, and singing nasally in Texas drawl (addressing each of her toes, one by one, as if an old friend), where can it possibly all lead? Believe it or not, into a gloriously melodic evening of near-opera proportions when 42ndStreet Moon decides climatically to end its current, highly successful season with Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fellow. With voices that soar in heavenly proportions, with direction that ensures not a laugh or a tear will be left unexpressed, and with a cast that almost explodes in its members’ evident enthusiasm and love of the roles they play, 42nd Street Moon revives this 1956 Broadway musical about an unlikely romance that must survive misunderstanding, deceit, and betrayal to find its tender fruition.
|Amanda Johnson & Noel Anthony|
Rosabella’s first love on the Napa farm is Joe, Tony’s treasured foreman who is actually getting restless and looking to move on. With an ability to build musical momentum from a hushed stillness to climatic, clear ending, Noel Anthony’s shines in “Joey, Joey, Joey” as he sings, “The wind blows to me, and she sings to me because I am one of her rambling kin.” He later comforts the distraught Rosabella in “Don’t Cry” with a flow so easy and narrative-like in its sung delivery to be nothing short of stunning.