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.

Music samples provided courtesy of Masterworks Broadway and Warner-Chappell Music, Inc.

Photos courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals

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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
    New dialogue for this version by Albert Marre

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  • 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 for Director
    15     Prompt Books for Cast
    2       Vocal Parts
    25     Chorus Parts
    4       Conductor Scores for Principal Characters

  • (In order of Appearance)

    Arab Rug Seller
    Marius, son of César
    Fanny, daughter of Honorine
    Maori Vendor
    Lace Vendor
    Claudine and Claudette, Twin sisters, friends of Fanny
    Charles and his friends
    Friends of Fanny:
    Panisse, wealthy sailmaker
    The Admiral, an eccentric waterfront character
    Moroccan Drummer
    Second Mate
    Fish-Stall Woman
    An Arab
    César, 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” was first presented by David Merrick and Joshua Logan at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway, November 4, 1954, and played for 888 performances there and at the Belasco Theatre starring Ezio Pinza, Walter Slezak, Florence Henderson and William Tabbert.

    Awards (1955)

    The Tony Award for Best Actor.

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