Anita Loos wrote Happy Birthday for her friend Helen Hayes, who was “fed up with hoop skirts and wigs” and wanted to do something contemporary. Hayes loved the script and brought it to Richard Rodgers, who was looking for something to produce. Rodgers brought on Oscar Hammerstein II and they wrote an original song for the production. Directed by Joshua Logan and produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein, the production ran for a total of 564 performances at the Broadhurst Theatre. Ms. Hayes received the first ever Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in 1947.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY is now playing at TACT (410 West 42nd Street). For tickets visit telecharge.com.