Based on Marcel Pagnol’s stage and film trilogy, “Marius,” “Fanny” and “César,” this romantic tale of love, secrets and passion set in the seaport milieu of old Marseille.

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  • FANNY offers a serious and sympathetic account of the call of the sea versus the call of love among the earthy denizens of the teeming Old Port of Marseille. The songs serve as real emotional peaks in the dialogue, and the orchestra underlines the action with brief random passages. Familiar favorites are the title song, ”Restless Heart,” a driving chant of the sea-crazed Marius, the lovely ballads, ”The Thought of You” and ”I Have to Tell You,” César’s,”Love is a Very Light Thing” and Panisse’s, ”To My Wife.” Variety is added by the amusing “Be kind to your Parents” and ”Octopus Song.” “Welcome Home” is indeed a touching number.

    Marius, Fanny’s sweetheart is more enchanted with ideas of world travel than with love. He feels an irresistible call of the sea, leaving behind his father and sweetheart. Wealthy, middle-aged Panisse marries Fanny to give her son an affectionate father and is delighted with his belated acquisition of a family. Derelict Marius returns but is sent away by his saddened father. Finally Panisse dies, and Marius claims his rightful family. FANNY is a colorful, human, tuneful romance.

  • A Musical Play by S. N. Behrman and Joshua Logan
    Based on the Trilogy of Marcel Pagnol
    Music and Lyrics by Harold Rome

  • Full Orchestration:

    2 Violin AC
    1 Violin B
    1 Violin D & Mandolin
    1 Viols
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Flute & Piccolo
    1 Reed II: Oboe & English Horn
    1 Reed III: Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
    1 Reed IV: Flute & Clarinet
    1 Reed V: Clarinet & Bassoon

    1 Horn I & II
    1 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II

    1 Percussion
    1 Harp
    1 Concertina
    1 Piano & Celeste

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    3       Prompt Books for Fanny, Cesar, Panise
    12     Dialogue Parts
    2       Vocal Parts
    25     Chorus Parts
    4       Conductor Scores-for Principal Characters

  • (In order of Appearance)

    “FANNY” was first presented by David Merrick and Joshua Logan at the Majestic Theatre, New York City, on November 4, 1954, with the following cast:

    Arab Rug Seller
    Marius, son of Cesar
    Fanny, daughter of Honorine
    Maori Vendor
    Lace Vendor
    Claudine and Claudette, Twin sisters, friends of Fanny
    Charles and his friends

    Friends of Fanny: Hanette, Mimi, Marie and Michellette

    Panisse, wealthy sailmaker
    The Admiral, an eccentric waterfront character
    Horoccan Drummer
    Second Mate
    Fish-Stall Woman
    An Arab
    Cesar, proprietor of cafe on waterfront
    Honorine, Fanny’s mother, a fish-stall keeper
    Escartifique, A ferryboat captain
    M. Brun, customs inspector, recently returned from Paris
    Arab Dancing Girl
    Garage owner

  • FANNY played for 888 performances on Broadway at the Majestic and Belasco Theatres starring Ezio Pinza, Walter Slezak, Florence Henderson and William Tabbert.

    Awards (1955)

    The Tony Award for Best Actor.

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