The Most Snappy Fella

Broadway and the opera rediscover the deft lyrics, soaring tunes and raffish nogoodniks of the late Frank Loesser

What's playin' at the Opera?

I'll tell ya what's playin' at the Opera.

Musical by a Broadway kinda guy who wrote an operatic show that'd please everyone from Hedda Gabler to Hedda Hoppra.

That's what's playin' at the Opera.

If you see a guy whose star shines in the musical-comedy sky right now, you can bet it'll be Frank Loesser. Though the songwriter died in 1969, his work is enjoying a burgeoning revival. Last week Loesser's "musical with a lotta music," The Most Happy Fella (1956), opened to bravos and bouquets at the New York City Opera in Lincoln Center. A...

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