LP0177. FANNY (Harold Rome), a series of Actual Performances by The COMPOSER singing & playing piano, plus Jack Messing (bass) & Herbert Harris (drums). 10" Heritage H-0055, recorded 1954. A remarkably fine, very slightly used copy!
“Harold Rome was an American composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater.
In 1937, he made his Broadway debut as co-writer, composer, and lyricist of the topical revue PINS AND NEEDLES. The show was a huge success, running for 1108 performances, and prompted George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart to invite Rome to collaborate on another topical revue, SING OUT THE NEWS, in 1938.
In the early 1940s, Rome wrote songs for several revues and shows, but it was not until after the end of World War II that he had his next real success with CALL ME MISTER. His first full-fledged musical was WISH YOU WERE HERE in 1952. Additional Broadway credits include FANNY (1954), DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (1959), I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE (1962), in which Barbra Streisand made her Broadway debut, and THE ZULU AND THE ZAYDA (1965), which dealt with racial and religious intolerance.”
“FANNY is a musical with a book by S. N. Behrman and Joshua Logan and music and lyrics by Harold Rome. A tale of love, secrets, and passion set in and around the old French port of Marseille, it is based on Marcel Pagnol's trilogy of plays entitled MARIUS, FANNY AND CÉSAR.
The Broadway production opened at the Majestic Theatre on November 4, 1954, transferred to the Belasco Theatre on December 4, 1954 and closed on December 16, 1956 after a total run of 888 performances. Directed by Logan and choreographed by Helen Tamiris, the original cast included Florence Henderson as Fanny, Ezio Pinza as Cesar, William Tabbert as Marius, and Walter Slezak as Panisse. Scenic and lighting design were by Jo Mielziner. Slezak won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.”