Jo Sullivan Loesser, appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER, became a musical theatre star with her legendary performances in Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella. At the pinnacle of her career, she married composer Frank Loesser and left the stage, devoting herself to raising their two daughters, Hannah and Emily. After Loesser’s untimely death, she returned to performing, honoring her husband with an acclaimed salute called “I Hear Music…of Frank Loesser and Friends” in New York. A vigilant keeper of the flame, Sullivan toured the country in Guys & Dolls, recreated her role in The Most Happy Fella, and supervised and appeared in the Broadway revue Perfectly Frank.
Regional audiences have been delighted by her performances in A Little Night Music and The King & I, among others. Sullivan has appeared as guest vocalist with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and with major symphony orchestras across the country. Sullivan and daughter Emily starred in the Off-Broadway revue, Together Again For The First Time, and toured together in the Loesser musical, Where’s Charley?. Sullivan served as Artistic Associate for the hit Broadway revival of The Most Happy Fella, and for a production at the New York City Opera, where it is now part of the permanent repertoire.
Sullivan was instrumental in having Guys & Dolls and How To Succeed in Business… revived on Broadway to much acclaim in the 1990s. She has been the catalyst for and supervised several Loesser events celebrating the Frank Loesser centennial.