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Fanny: A New Musical (1954 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording


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Audio CD, Cast Recording, May 21, 1996
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1. Overture - Orchestra
2. Octopus Song - Gerald Price
3. Restless Heart - William Tabbert & Men
4. Never Too Late For Love - Walter Slezak & Chorus
5. Cold Cream Jar Song - Walter Slezak
6. Why Be Afraid To Dance? - Ezio Pinza
7. Shika, Shika - Nejla Ates/Mohamed El Bakkar/Chorus
8. Welcome Home - Ezio Pinza
9. I Like You - Ezio Pinza/William Tabbet
10. I Have To Tell You - Florence Henderson
11. Fanny - William Tabbert
12. Panisse And Son - Walter Slezak
13. Wedding Dance - Chorus
14. Finale Act I - Chorus
15. Birthday Song - Florence Henderson/Edna Preston
16. To My Wife - Walter Slezak
17. The Thought Of You - Florence Henderson/William Tabbert
18. Love Is A Very Light Thing - Ezio Pinza
19. Other Hands, Other Hearts - Ezio pinza/Florence Henderson/William Tabbert
20. Montage - Chorus
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Rca Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000003FUB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Harold Rome's FANNY is a score little-known but worthy of much respect. Dripping with melody and full of emotion, it represented another peak in the growth of the 'integrated' musical through the 50's that achieved apotheosis with MY FAIR LADY. With a cast of true singers like William Tabbert, Florence Henderson, and the sublime Ezio Pinza (who'd earlier brought his operatic bass to the role of Emile in SOUTH PACIFIC), this recording's an aural treasure trove. In one of those vagaries of the repertoire, none of the songs became standards, but with numbers like the title song (soaringly rendered by Tabbert), the impassioned, "I Have To Tell You" (Miss Henderson), and the exuberant, "Welcome Home", you have to wonder why. In the end, perhaps the most affecting piece is the curious, "Be Kind To Your Parents", which rounds out the sumptuous score, faithfully rendered on this Original Cast Recording.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cruising Lover on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I saw this in its original run, again in an excellent road show performance in LA. As with most of David Merrick's shows, the show was superbly cast and directed (by Josh Logan who also did South Pacific). While there were no huge "pop" tunes, this was a touching and engaging emotional show, full of love and what were then "family values." Walter Slezak was utterly brilliant in the show as a friend of the family who becomes the father of Fanny's child, knowing full well that he is not the father. Tabbert was excellent and a fantastic tenor. Pinza was Pinza, the best accolade one can give him. Florence Henderson, as Fanny, delighted in the role and came across very real. The music and songs are delightful, often very funny. (I'm In Love With An Octopus is one of the first songs in the score!) I still own the original cast LP and just ordered the CD. This one is a keeper.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dennis M. Barlow on September 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
William Tabbert, Walter Slezak, Ezio Pinza and yes, young Florence Henderson are a delightful cast. Also listen to the Broadway South Pacific...especially William Tabbert's version of "Younger than Springtime". Just listening to William Tabbert singing "Fanny" makes this album worthwhile.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By nom d guer on January 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a beautiful, touching show. Unashamedly romantic, and a celebration of values (filial love; friendship; loyalty; duty) that we now seem to regard as quaint. Because the lovely songs are not in the pop rep, they remain fresh on rehearing--and may be a revelation to you if you haven't heard them before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EP on February 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I grew up listening to the LP of this show and still absolutely adore the music. It is funny, romantic, exotic, emotional, and you, yes you, can sing most of the tunes in the shower. It is a perpetual mystery to me (and frustrating, as well) why the musical "Fanny" is not shown much any more on live stage. I'd fly across the country to see it. Rather than being very traditional, as some of the reviews here state, it was actually very risque for its time. Perhaps it was too risque, with a story that may not seem extraordinary to us now but then was scandalous - an unwed mother is the heroine, abandoned by an irresponsible biological father, who takes off for adventure on the sea. An older man weds Fanny and raises the son as his own. The crisis occurs when bio dad returns from his exotic ocean voyages to declare his love for Fanny. What should she do? These are the moral, ethical and emotional dilemmas we still face today. If you like musicals, you'll love Fanny! OK, amend that, if you like the musicals I do - Camelot, Sound of Music, South Pacific, Cats, A Chorus Line, Chicago...you'll probably like Fanny. The only problem is, when the music gets stuck in your head and you want to sing with other people, they will have no clue what you're talking about. That should change!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Morse on September 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have been wanting to purchase this CD for a long time, and finally did, as it came down in price. This is an excellent Harold Rome Score, written in the style of 50's Musicals. Very light and airy, with many almost operatic numbers. I especially like the numbers: Be Kind to Your Parents, Welcome Home, the arias of Florence Henderson and William Tabbert (whatever happened to him??), and of course the title song.... It is a delight to hear the wonderful Walter Slezak (had seen him in rerun airings of an old game show, while he was performing in this show), and also Ezio Pinza, who died just a couple of years after this performance, also saw him in recent airings of The Name's the Same on the Game Show Network with his ten year old son. Slezak and Pinza were both in not the greatest of health during the run of this show...(Slezak had a leg infection of some kind, and Pinza had other health problems) I have always enjoyed Harold Rome's music and am trying to get all of his musicals...do have the important ones: Wish You Were Here, I Can Get it for you Wholesale, Destry Rides Again, and Fanny....really beautiful melodies in these albums...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Musselman on August 21, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The original cast album of a seldom produced 1954 musical, beautiful music, charming legendary performers. CD finally available, a joy to listen for fans of classic Broadway.
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Please, tell me the story???
A young man, Marius, is torn between going to sea and Fanny, the girl he loves. He gets an opportunity to sail away for five years and goes, not knowing that on the night before he went, he left Fanny pregnant. Distraught, she agrees to marry Panisse, a much older wealthy man who has been... Read More
Aug 3, 2007 by S. F. Obermeyer Jr. |  See all 2 posts
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