OGDEN -- Happiness is a high school musical, especially when the characters in that musical are some of the most beloved comic-strip characters of all time.
Ben Lomond High School presents the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," based on the iconic Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. The original score was written by Clark Gesner and includes "My Blanket and Me," The Kite," "Suppertime" and "Happiness."
Gary Burghoff -- who later played Radar in the film and TV series "M*A*S*H" -- originated the role of Charlie Brown on Broadway. A 1999 Broadway revival of the show included new songs and replaced the character of Patty with Charlie Brown's perky little sister, Sally -- played in the revival by Kristin Chenoweth, who later soared to super stardom as Glinda in "Wicked." Sally's sassy little number "My New Philosophy" opens the second act in the revival and helped win Chenoweth a Tony award for the role.
Ben Lomond's production is directed by Gary Gabriel White, with a cast that includes students Ian Nuttall as Charlie Brown, Amanda Guzman and Mira Reynolds double-cast as Lucy, and Annie Bommer as Snoopy.
"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 25-28 in the school's auditorium, 1080 9th St., Ogden. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for the general public.
The April 27 performance will be preceded by a 6 p.m. dinner with the cast. A ticket is $14, which also includes a ticket to the show. Tickets can be purchased by cash or check at the school's bookstore or at the door.