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Fanny: A New Musical (1954 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
A Cast Of True Singers
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Cruising Lover | Seattle, WA USA | 03/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Oldie worth keeping
Dennis M. Barlow | New Jersey USA | 09/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."