Amy Anzel for Sunday Monday Ltd in association with Todd Ruppert of RTR International present Happy Days – A New Musical, which will visit the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Monday 30 June to Saturday 5 July as part of a national tour. The full tour schedule can be found at www.happydaysthemusical.co.uk
MUSICAL VERSION OF THE CLASSIC TV SITCOM raises £250,000 on Seedrs, BECOMING THE FIRST MAJOR THEATRICAL PRODUCTION IN THE WORLD TO GAIN FINANCING THROUGH EQUITY CROWDFUNDING
Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award nominee Andrew Wright HAPPY DAYS – A NEW MUSICAL opened at the Churchill Theatre Bromley on 14 January 2014, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the first ever broadcast of the classic and much loved sitcom which aired on US TV on 15 January 1974.
Anzel, one of the stars of Channel 4’s THE SOUND OF MUSICALS, which followed her journey as a first time producer, is also thrilled to announce that the show recently raised its target funding of £250,000 from 345 investors in just 6 weeks through the UK’s most active equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs. This is a world first for equity crowdfunding – the first time a major theatre production has raised money by opening up investment to anyone and offering a participation in the profits of the show.
Happy Days – A New Musical is a hilarious feel-good musical that is guaranteed to have you rockin’ and rollin’ all week long! This brand new UK Tour based on the hit TV series features the unforgettable ‘King of Cool’ Arthur ‘The Fonz’ Fonzarelli. Join your favourite ‘50’s family, the Cunninghams and the rest of the gang – Potsie, Ralph Malph, Joanie and Chachi as they battle to save their beloved diner Arnold’s from demolition. In a race against time, can everyone’s favourite hero ‘The Fonz’ save the day?
Happy Days – A New Musical is written by Garry Marshall, the legendary creator of the popular television series. Garry is also the director of many world-wide hit films including “Pretty Woman”, “Beaches” and “The Princess Diaries 1&2”. It includes 21 original songs by Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning Hall of Fame Songwriter, Paul Williams (“Bugsy Malone”, “Evergreen”, “Rainy Days and Mondays”). The show also includes the much-loved Happy Days theme tune from the TV show.
HENRY WINKLER, the original Fonz from the television series, will serve as Creative Consultant, working alongside the director in creating the ‘Happy Days’ world of 1959 America and guiding the cast in creating their ever so familiar characters, especially that of ‘The Fonz’.
West End leading man and “Emmerdale” star, BEN FREEMAN, takes on the iconic role of ‘The Fonz’ in the UK Premiere and national tour of Happy Days – A New Musical, alongside CHERYL BAKER as ‘Mrs Cunningham’ and HEIDI RANGE as ‘Pinky Tuscadero’.
Happy Days – A New Musical has arrangements and orchestrations by John McDaniel, with Production Design by Tom Rogers, Lighting Design by Philip Gladwell and Sound Design by Ben Harrison.
Happy Days – A New Musical is presented in partnership with Ed’s Easy Diner, the much loved chain of retro-American diners that successfully captures the spirit of the classic US original, which is an iconic symbol of an unforgettable period in American history. It was a quarter of a century ago that Ed’s Easy Diner opened its doors in London’s Soho, growing since to more than twenty diners nationwide.