The Happiest Girl in the World

The Happiest Girl in the World

Fred Saidy, Henry Mayers, E. Y. Harburg, Jacques Offenbach

The Happiest Girl in the World

The Happiest Girl in the World

Fred Saidy, Henry Mayers, E. Y. Harburg, Jacques Offenbach

Overview

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, the underworld ruler Pluto, balks at the notion of peace and attempts to derail her plan.

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Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

Details

  • Genre: Adaptations (Literature)
  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Cast Attributes: Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Authors

Author

Fred Saidy

Author

Henry Mayers

E. Y. Harburg

One of America’s greatest lyricists for stage and screen, Yip Harburg (1896-1981) was the son of poor Russian-Jewish immigrants and attended CCNY. Also a book writer (usually with Fred Saidy), director, and poet, Harburg wrote lyrics for more than 550 songs, including “It’s O ...

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Jacques Offenbach

JACQUES OFFENBACH was a German-born French composer, remembered for nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann. He was a powerful influence on later composers of the operetta genre, particularly Johann Strauss II and Arthur Sulliva ...

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