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Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler backs new 'Happy Days' show

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 01:42

A musical production of ''Happy Days'' prepares to open in London with Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler acting as a creative consultant. Rollo Ross reports.

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Something's happening to the Fonz.... Yes, something is happening to the Fonz and the Cunningham family of the hit TV series "Happy Days" - they are being brought to life in a new musical production of the same name, which is written by Garry Marshall, the original creator of the series. However, that's not the only connection to the original programme as the show has The Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, as creative consultant to help maintain the classic tone of the series SOUNDBITE Ex-'Happy Days' actor and creative consultant, Henry Winkler (English), saying: "Do you know, when it was first created it was created in the '50s for a reason, because then it doesn't have a date on it. You can tell stories with great moral without ever feeling like you're hit on the head." But, of course, 'Happy Days' isn't 'Happy Days' without the Fonz and in this production he's played by Ben Freeman, who luckily has Winkler there to give him lessons in cool. SOUNDBITE Ex-'Happy Days' actor and creative consultant, Henry Winkler (English), saying: "Cool is being authentic. Cool is being who you are and that is so powerful that that sends out waves. Trying to be cool, you'll never make it." SOUNDBITE Actor playing 'The Fonz', Ben Freeman, saying: "Well Henry told me "do be cool by not trying to be cool." He kept repeating that to me. Just play the part, play the drama, play the seriousness and the cool will come. But I'm not a particularly cool person so I'm still waiting for that moment." Ben had better get his cool on quickly as the musical 'Happy Days' premieres on January 15th, which marks the 40th anniversary of the airing of the television show's first episode.

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Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler backs new 'Happy Days' show

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 01:42