Happy McPartlin


Happy played Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Geva Theatre Center, directed by Melissa Rain Anderson.

Happy made her Broadway debut in

At the Brooks Atkinson Theatre
256 W. 47th St.
New York, NY 10036

Happy is the standby for four of the principal actresses in this amazing new piece
penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens),
Amanda Green (Bring It On) and Trey Anastasio from the beloved and
internationally acclaimed jam band PHISH.

Happy starred as Diana in Next To Normal
at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, TX

from May 16 - June 24

Happy in Next To Normal


Listen to musical clips and interviews:


What people are saying about Happy McPartlin
as Diana Goodman in Next to Normal:

The star of the show is Happy McPartlin’s Diana Goodman. She expertly vacillates between anger, mania, depression, and vulnerability. Her ability adds great emotional depth and clarity to the multi-faceted character of Diana. She also delivers powerhouse vocals that are more reminiscent of Marin Mazzie’s a fan of the Original Broadway Cast recording that is a staple in my car’s CD player, this did take some getting used to, but by the end of the second act, I was a true believer and moved to tears during both "Maybe (Next to Normal)" and "So Anyway." McPartlin owned the role, made it her own, and delivers an unforgettable performance.
-Broadway World


The recent Broadway hit, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama and three Tony Awards, is making a powerhouse Houston premiere at Stages. With Happy McPartlin's searing portrayal of the bipolar heroine anchoring a fine cast, Stages' rendition is intimate in scale but gigantic in emotional clout - the company's best all-round effort in two seasons.  

McPartlin conveys all of Diana's anguish, bewilderment, intensity and ironic humor, while singing her demanding numbers with great strength, range and character. The hallmark of her performance is its absolute truthfulness.
-Houston Chronicle - Everett Evans


Happy McPartlin plays Diana, and provides a characterization that is understated, endearing and powerful, as she grapples with entering unmapped territory in her mind and brings us with her on that voyage. It is hard to see how an actor could involve us more.
-The Houston Press


A word from Director Melissa Rain Anderson – Excerpt from article:

The lead role of Diana is one of the most challenging of recent years. Alice Ripley drew unanimous critical praise and won a best-actress Tony. Happy McPartlin, last seen in the tour of "Memphis," takes the assignment in Stages' production and Anderson is confident she'll triumph in it.

"She is astounding in the role," Anderson says. "I feel she was born to play Diana. She’s the soul of this production and sets the bar quite high for all of us."
-Houston Chronicle - Everett Evans