Those of us of a certain age remember the original TV show, Happy Days, which featured Henry Winkler as the iconic, leather jacketed anti-hero, The Fonz, and a young Ron Howard with a full head of red hair.
Now welcome Happy Days – A New Musical, directed and choreographed by Olivier Award nominee Andrew Wright, which comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from June 16-21.
Viewers to Channel 4’s The Sound Of Musicals will know the sheer hard work fledgling producer Amy Anzel put into getting Happy Days onto the stage.
It’s a testament to her efforts that theatre-goers have been delighted with the high energy, exuberant musical.
The show owes its creation thanks to crowd-funding, raising its target funding of £250,000 from 345 investors in just six weeks through the UK’s most active equity crowd-funding platform, Seedrs.
It is 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.
The production is a hilarious feel-good musical that is guaranteed to have you rockin’ and rollin’ all week long!
It features the unforgettable ‘King of Cool’ Arthur ‘The Fonz’ Fonzarelli, 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) – plus the much-loved Happy Days theme tune from the TV show.
West End leading man and Emmerdale star, Ben Freeman, recreates The Fonz alongside Cheryl Baker as Mrs Cunningham and Heidi Range as Pinky Tuscadero.