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Fanny – Original Broadway Cast Recording from 1954 Resurfaced #MWBVault

Based on Marcel Pagnol’s famous “marseillaise” story of love and death in Provence, S.N Behrman and Joshua Logan cleverly adapted the plot of this successful french play and film to the American taste. Fanny‘s plot revolved around the characters of César, proprietor of a bistro on La Canebière, the main street in the port of Marseille; Marius his son, forever dreaming of a life at sea; and Fanny, Marius’s girlfriend and the abandoned mother of his child. With music by Harold Rome, it featured a stellar cast that included Ezio Pinza as César, Walter Slezak as Panisse (a regular in César’s bistro), Florence Henderson as Fanny, and William Tabbert as Marius, the show opened to rave reviews at the Majestic Theatre on November 4, 1954, and enjoyed a healthy run of 888 performances. First LP release: January 12, 1955.

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