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Marion Ross helps bring 'Happy Days' musical to Albert Lea

Thanks to the efforts of Minnesota native Marion Ross, a stage musical version based on her classic television sitcom "Happy Days" is coming to Albert Lea next summer. Ross helped the Albert Lea Community Theater obtain the rights to perform the musical, and will be coming back to city for the premiere.
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Thanks to the efforts of Minnesota native Marion Ross, a stage version of her classic television sitcom "Happy Days" is coming to Albert Lea, reports the Albert Lea Tribune.

Ross, who played Mrs. Cunningham on the show for its entire run on ABC from 1974 to 1984, helped the Albert Lea Community Theatre obtain the rights to perform "Happy Days: A New Musical," the Tribune reports. Ross is also a sponsor of the production, which is set to run July 10-20, 2013.

The iconic TV mom will not participate in the musical, but will reportedly attend the opening night of the production -- which will play at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, an arts venue in Albert Lea named for the actress in 2008.

Ross, who will turn 84 next month, has deep roots in Minnesota. She was born in Watertown and grew up in Waconia, and attended high school in Albert Lea. She studied drama at what was then known as the MacPhail Center for the Arts (now the MacPhail Center for Music) before moving to California, and eventually, Hollywood.

In 2008, Ross became the first state native to receive a star on the Minnesota Walk of Fame, which is located in front of the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.

Ross also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001.

See the video below of Ross as Mrs. Cunningham laying down the law with her husband, Howard (the late Tom Bosley), as their son, Richie (Ron Howard) sits idly by.

See below the classic opening credits of the sitcom, which introduces Ross, Howard, Bosley, Henry Winkler (The Fonz) and the other stars in the show.

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