Lincoln Center Theater


HAPPINESS Rehearsal Photos

Photos by Paul Kolnik

HAPPINESS Production Photos

Photos by Paul Kolnik

Running Time

1 hour, 50 minutes, no intermission.

HAPPINESS, a new musical about a disparate group of New Yorkers caught on a subway train under unusual circumstances, was commissioned and developed by Lincoln Center Theater. The production reunited director-choreographer Susan Stroman and book writer John Weidman, whose last LCT collaboration was the Tony Award winning Best Musical Contact and marked the LCT debuts of composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie.

HAPPINESS unfolds the stories of a dozen or so New Yorkers stuck in the morning rush of a stalled subway car and required by the spectral trainman to recall and re-enact the happiest moment in their lives before they can continue their travels... and travails.

HAPPINESS celebrates those fleeting moments in everyday lives -- typically unanticipated, largely overlooked, always ephemeral -- that upon reflection become people's fondest memories.