USC athletic director Pat Haden debuted Thursday night in the opening performance of “The Most Happy Fella” at Bing Theatre. Haden told me before the performance the students in the musical were the “five-star recruits” of the drama dept.
Haden sang and acted in his role as “Post man No. 2. ” He even watched about half of the performance from a seat in the audience when he wasn’t required to perform. The students probably owe Haden a big thank you. His presence brought unprecedented publicity to a USC-staged musical (I certainly wouldn’t have been there otherwise). Haden received warm applause when he finished his solo singing effort and at the end of the musical when he took a bow.
Haden’s got to be pretty happy after hiring a basketball coach and performing in the school musical in the same week. To see him perform at the dress rehearsal, click here.