“Happy Days” (The Musical) at Westchester Broadway TheatrePublished: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 By: Marlene S. Gaylinn Source: CT Theatre
Not to be confused with Samuel Beckett’s serious drama, also called, “Happy Days,” this is a musical, based on the popular, TV series of the 50’s. All this happy jumping and jiving at Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) comes complete with 21 songs and if you are old enough to remember the TV show, it features all your favorite, colorful characters.
Nick Varricchio is a reincarnated, “Fonzie.” He has all the tough, swaggering mannerisms, of the original star, Henry Winkler, which many teenagers of that day tried to imitate to be “cool.” His primary love interest seems to be his motorcycle, although Maria Logan is also his sexy girlfriend, “Pinky.” We must add, that you can’t take your eyes off her in short-shorts and high boots. Herb Porter is the more conservative, “Richie “ and Peter Davenport and Lori Hammel are his model parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham.
The very simple plot centers around Arnold’s Diner, the teenagers’ favorite hangout, which he is about to lose due to real estate developers. The local, high school kids are trying to raise money for his legal fees by holding a wrestling contest featuring a very weird, gang leader and his crazy pal, only none of the local kids want to face them. Fonzie is the most likely candidate to oppose him, however, our hero has several problems of his own to solve first.
This is a high school theme musical that features poodle skirts, saddle oxfords, and dances of the 50’s, which most teenagers of today would enjoy. Plus, this dinner theatre is a perfect choice for upcoming graduation parties.
The show contains music and lyrics by Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning songwriter, Paul Williams. The book is by Garry Marshall, and the large and lively cast is directed and choreographed by a WBT regular, Jonathan Stahl. The live, bright-sounding orchestra is under the direction of Ryan Wise.
Plays through July 17 Tickets: 914-592-2222
Followed by: On Site Self-Parking is Free
“Million Dollar Quartet” July 1 - Sept. 11.
“Saturday Night Fever” Sept. 17- Nov. 27