***Second, when "Happily Ever After" was the last song, it was followed by a scene where Robert, having not gone to his birthday party, goes to a park where he meets a new group of people, including a woman with whom it seems he might become romantically involved.***
Yes, thank you, I think it's important to be reminded of this. There was never a plan for "Happily Ever After" to be the very last moment of the show. It's hard to imagine Sondheim or anyone else would have ever thought that was a good idea.