The Happy Time:
50th Anniversary Concert

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by N. Richard Nash

Assistant Director

April 19, 2018
Feinstein’s/54 Below

Jacques, a world-roving photographer, returns to his French-Canadian village hoping to recover the happy time of his childhood. His nephew, fascinated by his uncle’s world, proposes to drop out of school and become his assistant. When Jacques is confronted with this new responsibility, he begins to question his own life choices.

To commemorate its 50th anniversary of opening night on Broadway, Feinstein’s/54 Below brought back one of musical theater’s most romantic scores, The Happy Time. Broadway veteran, and original cast member, Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Falsettos, Sweet Charity, Legally Blonde), takes audiences back to 1968 to rediscover one of the greatest scores from one of Broadway’s most accomplished teams, Tony Award winners John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret).

Creative Team

Directed by Michael Rupert
Assistant Directed by Yoni Weiss
Music Direction by Eugene Gwozdz
Produced by Robert W. Schneider


Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins Broadway, Chicago), Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Contact, Prince of Broadway, Curtains), Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Pippin, Legally Blonde, Elegies: A Song Cycle), Jim Walton (Merrily We Roll Along, She Loves Me), Drama Desk Award winner Jim Brochu (Zero Hour), Claybourne Elder (Sunday in the Park with George, Bonnie and Clyde), Kara Lindsay (Newsies, Wicked), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon, Hello, Dolly!), Iris Beaumier (The Marvelous Wonderettes, Ragtime), Mary Callanan (Bandstand, The Bridges of Madison County), Alex Dorf (Newsies, Mamma Mia!), Asher Dubin (The Body Politic, The Babies), Peyton Lusk (Falsettos, Bar Mitzvah Boy), Jesse Markowitz (Avenue Q), Janet Metz (Falsettoland, Fiddler on the Roof, Once Upon a Mattress), Paris Alexander Nesbitt (The Book of Mormon), A.J. Shively (Bright Star, La Cage aux Folles), Cecelia Ticktin (Wicked), and Ryan Vona (Beautiful, Once).

But when it came to the showstoppers, it was two women who took the stage in ways that only seasoned pros such as they are capable. Tony Award winners Karen Ziemba and Debbie Gravitte showed what makes them the lethal talents they have been throughout their careers … the show’s ensemble stuffed onto the tiny 54 Below stage as if they were all playing the Winter Garden … all of which added up to… well, a happy time.
— Theater Pizzazz