‘Happy Days’ Comes to Roxy Regional Theatre in July

Rob RodemsCLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Fonzie, Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and all of the gang are back as the Roxy Regional Theatre presents the musical Happy Days July 12 to Aug. 18.

This new musical based on the hit television series reintroduces one of America’s best-loved families, the Cunninghams, to a whole new generation, taking audiences back to the days of 1959 Milwaukee, complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin’. When the famed drive-in malt shop and number one hangout, Arnold’s, is in danger of demolition, the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match.  The show’s music and lyrics are by Oscar-winner Paul Williams and its book is by the TV series’ original creator Garry Marshall.

Starring Regan Featherstone as “The Fonz,” Rob Rodems (pictured above) as Richie Cunningham and Kaitlin Doughty as Pinky Tuscadero, Happy Days features Ryan Bowie (Potsie), Josh Bernaski (Ralph Malph), Ben Prayz (Howard Cunningham), Jama Bowen (Marion Cunningham), Hannah Church (Joanie Cunningham), Travis Kendrick (Chachi), Darren Michael (Arnold), Humberto Figueroa, Erin Keas, Ashley Laverty, Sean Ormond, Kourtni Cottrell, Taiylor James, Truman Jepson, Samantha Grimes and Madeline O’Connor.  The musical is directed and staged by Tom Thayer, with choreography by Emily Ford, and features Thayer on piano, John Waddle on guitar, Bruce Ervin on saxophone, Jarrod Jackson on bass and Thad Wallus on drums.

Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. is the pay-what-you-can preview for Happy Days.  All tickets not pre-sold at the regular ticket price will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. for whatever price you wish to pay.

On Saturday, July 21, at 6 p.m. celebrate summer with a hamburger and hotdog cookout “down under” at F&M Bank, followed by an 8 p.m. performance of Happy Days at the Roxy.  Tickets are $40 (adults) and $20 (ages 13 and under), and all proceeds support the new center for arts and education.

Happy Days plays Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, July 21. There is no performance on Saturday, July 14.  Tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (ages 13 and under) and may be purchased online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at (931) 645-7699 or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday).

*Photo courtesy Roxy Regional Theatre.

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