Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  2w, 4m

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

Colorful, tuneful and deeply human, Fanny is a romantic tale of love, secrets and passion set in the seaport milieu of old Marseille.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 4m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences


Based on Marcel Pagnol’s stage and film trilogy Marius, Fanny and César, Fanny is a romantic tale of love, secrets and passion set in the seaport milieu of old Marseille.
Fanny opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on November 4, 1954, starring Ezio Pinza, Walter Slezak, Florence Henderson and William Tabbert. The show later moved to the Belasco Theatre, playing a total of 888 performances.
Cast Attributes
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. 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. The score includes the title song, "Restless Heart," "The Thought of You," "I Have to Tell You," César’s "Love is a Very Light Thing" and Panisse’s "To My Wife."

(2 female; 4 male)

Honorine, Fanny’s mother, a fish-stall keeper

Panisse, wealthy sailmaker
The Admiral, an eccentric waterfront character
César, proprietor of cafe on waterfront
Marius, son of César


Escartifique, A ferryboat captain
M. Brun, customs inspector, recently returned from Paris
Arab Dancing Girl
Arab Rug Seller


Maori Vendor
Lace Vendor
Claudine and Claudette, Twin sisters, friends of Fanny
Charles and his friends
Friends of Fanny:
Moroccan Drummer
Second Mate
Fish-Stall Woman
An Arab
Garage owner

  • Time Period 1930s, 1920s
  • Setting In and around the Old Port of Marseilles over a period of years. Not so long ago.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)


“The Broadway musical’s great magic trick—the transmuting of everyday romance into something transcendent—surprises and dazzles us again.” – The New York Times
“Doomed romance is set to soaring melody... The score by Harold Rome is rich in melody and employs a sophisticated fabric of musical motifs to weave together the destinies of its characters. The book, by the playwright S. N. Behrman and the director Joshua Logan, takes a lighthearted tone in unfolding the tear-tugging story of a young girl tossed in a sea of troubles when the man she loves leaves her behind to pursue his dream of a life as a sailor.” – The New York Times


Act I

1. “Never Too Late For Love” – Panisse & Ensemble
2. “Cold-Cream Jar Song” – Panisse
3. “Octopus Song” – The Admiral
4. “Restless Heart” – Marius & Male Ensemble
5. “Why Be Afraid to Dance?” – César
6. “Never Too Late for Love” (Reprise) – César, Panisse & Honorine
7. “Shika, Shika” – Arab Dancing Girl, Rug Seller & Ensemble
8. “Welcome Home” – César
9. “I Like You” – Marius & César
10. “I Have To Tell You” – Fanny
11. “Fanny” – Marius
12. Montage – Fanny, Marius, César & Ensemble
13. “Oysters, Cockles, and Mussels” – Ensemble
14. “Panisse and Son” – Panisse
15. Wedding Dance – Charles Blackwell & Ensemble
16. Act One Finale – Ensemble

Act II

17. “Birthday Song” – Fanny, Honorine & Ensemble
18. “To My Wife” – Panisse
19. “The Thought of You” – Marius & Fanny
20. “Love Is A Very Light Thing” – César
21. “Other Hands, Other Hearts” – Fanny, César & Marius
22. “Fanny” (Reprise)– César, Fanny & Marius
23. Montage – Ensemble
24. “Be Kind to Your Parents” – Fanny & Cesario
25. Cesario’s Party (Cirque Francais) – Orchestra
25a. Acrobats
25b. Pony and Trainer
25c. Trained Seals
25d. Living Statues
25e. Clowns
25f. Circus Finale
26. Finale: “Welcome Home” (Reprise) – César & Panisse

Full Orchestration

Violin AC (4 players)
Violin B (2 players)
Violin D & Mandolin (1 player)
Viola (2 players)
Cello (2 players)
Bass (1 player)

Reed 1: Flute & Piccolo
Reed 2: Oboe & English Horn
Reed 3: Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Reed 4: Flute & Clarinet
Reed 5: Clarinet & Bassoon

Horn 1 & 2
Trumpet 1 & 2
Trumpet 3
Trombone 1
Trombone 2

Piano & Celeste

  • Musical Style Classic Broadway, Operetta
  • Dance Requirements Easy
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra Size Large
  • Chorus Size Medium

Licensing & Materials

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1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
1 Reed 5
2 Horn 1&2
2 Trumpet 1&2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Percussion
1 Harp
1 Piano & Celeste
1 Concertina
2 Violin AC
1 Violin B
1 Violin D
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
27 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor


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S.N. Behrman

S.N. Behrman (1893-1973) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1893, the son of Lithuanian immigrants. As a boy, he worked as an usher in a theatre in Worcester, and at fifteen, he ran away to New York City. After high school, he attempted a career as an actor but later ret ...

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Joshua Logan

Joshua Logan (1908-1988) was born in Texarkana, Texas and was one of the foremost men of stage and screen – a director, writer, and producer whose list of hits is awe-inspiring. His stage directorial credits included On Borrowed Time, I Married an Angel, Knickerbocker Holiday ...

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