The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Nov. 15, 1954

Fanny (book by S. N. Behrman & Joshua Logan, based on a trilogy by Marcel Pagnol; music and lyrics by Harold Rome) might have come off far better had it been done on a shoestring. For its very Gallic story of the Marseille waterfront—of a young girl who finds herself pregnant after her sea-crazed lover sails away, and of her marriage to a widower who loves her and craves a child—is a ticklish compound of sentiment and hard sense, of ruefulness and worldliness, that requires delicately simple treatment. As a play enfolded in music, it could be both piquant and touching....

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