Happily Ever After was the second work to merge Tharp’s company with The Joffrey Ballet. Whereas Deuce Coupe meshed the groups into a single cast, Happily Ever After presented each company separately. The opening section was performed by Tharp dancers; the following by Joffrey. The two companies performed together only once, in the fourth and final section.
Set to a suite of bluegrass songs, this work expands the energetic partnering of Country Dances, while incorporating unison group phrases and a long female solo.
Live Music By:
Homer (Pappy) Sherrill and Snuffy Jenkins
with their band "The Hired Hands," featuring Harold Lucas and Kenny Meggs.
Fifty Year Ago Waltz
Rat Cheese Under the Hill
Cacklin' Hen an Rooster Too
Took My Gal A-Walkin'
Billy In the Low Ground
I'm Sad and Blue
A Corn Licker Still in Georgia
Good Bye Little Bonnie
Cacklin' Hen and Rooster Too
Additional performances on November 6 & 7, 1976