The Happiest Girl In The World

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THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD is based on the comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes and tales of Greek mythology by Thomas Bulfinch, set to the music of Jacques Offenbach. It focuses on the women of Ancient Greece and Sparta who, inspired by virginal goddess Diana, vow to withhold sex from their husbands and lovers until they promise to put an end to their fighting. Complications ensue when Diana’s uncle and underworld ruler Pluto balks at the notion of peace and attempts to derail her plan.

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  • Based on the comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes and tales of Greek mythology by Thomas Bulfinch, it focuses on the women of Ancient Greece and Sparta. The women in ancient Athens have a problem: their men are constantly fighting and at war! Inspired by Diana, the chaste goddess of the moon, the women decide to refuse sexual favors to the men until they have forsaken war. In the end, the Chief of State arrives with the summons to another war. However, it turns out the Spartan women have used the same stratagem as the Athenian girls, and the Spartan men ask for a lasting peace. The Athenians agree, and husbands and wives are reunited.

  • Book by Fred Saidy and Henry Mayers
    Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
    Music from the works of Jacques Offenbach

  • Instrumentation: 19 Parts

    3 Violin ABCD
    1 Viola AB
    1 Cello
    1 Bass
    1 Flute I
    1 Flute II – PICCOLO
    1 Clarinet I
    1 Clarinet II – BASS CLARINET
    1 Bassoon
    1 Horn I
    1 Horn II
    1 Trumpets I & II
    1 Trombone I – EUPHONIUM
    1 Trombone II
    1 Percussion
    1 Harp
    Piano-Celeste

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
    1       Prompt Book
    8       Prompt Books for Dialogue Parts
    20      Chorus Books
    4       Conductor Scores for Principal Characters

  • 1st Greek Messenger
    2nd Greek Messenger
    Pluto
    Herald
    1st Cabinet Minister
    2nd Cabinet Minister
    3rd Cabinet Minister
    Crowd of Spectators at the Olympic Games
    Runner
    Wrestler
    Discus-thrower
    Weight-lifter
    Hurdle-race Runner
    4 Vestal Virgins
    General Kinesias
    Chief of State
    Lysistrata
    Phoebe
    The Trumpeter
    Captain Crito
    Women
    Apollo
    Mercury
    Juno
    Neptune
    Bacchus
    Jupiter
    Aphrodite
    Diana
    Gods
    Amaryllis
    Daphne
    Myrrhina
    Ulysses
    Hector
    Ataraxohymonides
    Men
    Soldier
    Sergent
    Girls
    Spartan Woman
    Persians
    Rhodope

  • THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre, April 3, 1961 and played for 98 performances. The cast included Cyril Ritchard, Janice Rule and Lainie Kazan.

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