Happy Days are here again

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TV mogul Garry Marshall, hoping audiences will have '70s nostalgia for his television series about '50s nostalgia, is prepping a musical based on Happy Days, his long-running sitcom that starred Ron Howard and Henry Winkler. The original series ran for 10 years.

Happy Days followed the exploits of Richie Cunningham, played by Howard, as he went through high school in 1950s suburbia. He was joined in his comedic adventures by his kid sister, Joanie; his best friends, Ralph Malph and Potsie; and the '50s hipster who boarded with the Cunningham family, Arthur Fonzarelli, aka The Fonz. The gang would often do the sock-hop down at Al's Place, the local soda joint.

Marshall also worked on the sitcoms The Odd Couple, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and the Happy Days spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi. He also directed the popular feature films Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, among others.

The premiere of the Happy Days musical has been set for February 24, at the Marshall-owned Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

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