It has been observed that people may not remember what one *says* or what one *does*, but they will never forget how one makes them *feel*. Hold that thought. I'll come back to it. When I first heard that veteran producer, Garry Marshall, had written a stage treatment of his popular TV sitcom, "Happy Days," and that he had asked Hall-of-Fame songwriter, Paul Williams, to compose music and lyrics, I was intrigued, to say the least. In my humble opinion, which I prefer (to borrow Jack Benny's phrase), Paul Williams is the greatest songwriter of my generation. I have been a fan of Williams' songwriting since 1970. While he has written lyrics for some of the world's greatest composers, my favorite Williams' songs were those to which he had written both lyrics and music. My only reservation was how a stage musical about graduating teenagers in the 1950s could survive the inevitable comparisons to "Grease." Having listened to nothing except "Happy Days - A New Musical" since the CD was released last week, I am delighted, and I am confident enough to predict that the Marshall/Williams collaboration will make it to Broadway and, furthermore, that it will ultimately win a Tony Award as Best Broadway Musical. This seems only fitting, seeing that Williams has already received Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards for his songwriting achievements. While I have yet to see the stage production, one gets a pretty complete understanding of Marshall's story line through Williams' lyrics. One thing this production is not: Superficial. Though thoroughly entertaining, there are many interesting issues touched upon that will inspire thoughtful reflection and consideration long after the final ovations have subsided. One is left with a new appreciation of the beloved characters we all came to know through the long-running TV series, how well conceived and developed they were, and how they have held up through the years. The greatest triumph for this Marshall/Williams collaboration is how the audience will be left *feeling* when it is over. They will feel exhilerated! This is a CD that one will long to hear over, and over, and over again. Bravo!