MusicalOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Nov 04, 1954
Closing Date
Dec 16, 1956
Performances
888
MusicalOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Majestic Theatre
(Nov 04, 1954 - Dec 02, 1956)
Belasco Theatre
(Dec 04, 1956 - Dec 16, 1956)

Setting
In and around the Old Port of Marseilles over a period of years. Not so long ago.

Comments
This production played two previews November 2nd - 3rd, 1954, however as both were benefits (one for the New York Guild for the Jewish Blind, the other for the New York Society Mission), they are not counted as part of the preview count.

Theatre Owned by The Shubert Organization; Theatre Operated by the Magoro Operating Corporation
Produced by David Merrick and Joshua Logan
Book by S. N. Behrman and Joshua Logan; Music by Harold Rome; Lyrics by Harold Rome; Based on the trilogy "Marius," "Fanny" and "Cesar" by Marcel Pagnol; Musical Director: Lehman Engel; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang; Musical Continuity by Trude Rittman; Vocal arrangements by Lehman Engel
Directed by Joshua Logan; Choreographed by Helen Tamiris
Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner; Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner; Costume Design by Alvin Colt; Hair Design by Ernest Adler; Make-Up Design by Ernest Adler; Assistant Designer to Mr. Mielziner: Warren Clymer and John Harvey; Assistant to Mr. Colt: Joseph Fretwell III and Frank Spencer
General Manager: Jack Schlissel
Production Manager: Jean Barrere; Stage Manager: Kermit Kegley and Charles Blackwell
Conducted by Pembroke Davenport; Assistant to Mr. Rome: Gerald Alters and John Childs; Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek
Publicity Director: Dick Weaver; Press Representative: Robert Hector; Casting Consultant: Martin Baum and Abe Newborn; Assistant to Mr. Logan: Joseph Curtis; Advertising: Fred Golden and John Golden; Assistant to Miss Tamaris: Dorothy Etheridge; Speech Consultant: Dr. Simon R. Mitchneck
Cesar
proprietor of cafe on waterfront
Nov 04, 1954 - Jun 02, 1956
Panisse
wealthy sailmaker
Fanny
daughter of Honorine
Marius
son of Cesar
Arab Dancing Girl
Sailor
 
Clown
"Cirque Français"
Customer
 
Oyster Fancier
Fisherman
Moroccan Drummer
 
Acrobat
"Cirque Français"
 
Colonial Soldier
Sailor
Escartifique
a ferryboat captain
Lace Vendor
 
Living Statue
"Cirque Français"
Friend of Charles
 
Living Statue
"Cirque Français"
Friend of Charles
 
Aerialist
"Cirque Français"
Friend of Charles
 
Acrobat
"Cirque Français"
Nanette
friend of Fanny
 
Living Statue
"Cirque Français"
Priest
 
Acrobat
"Cirque Français"
 
Living Statue
"Cirque Français"
Fish-stall Woman
Arab Rug Seller
Maid
Garage Owner
 
1st Sailor
Maori Vendor
Fisherman
Michellette
friend of Fanny
Customer
Acolyte
Butler
 
Clown
"Cirque Français"
Marie
friend of Fanny
 
Living Statue
"Cirque Français"
Mimi
friend of Fanny
M. Brun
customs inspector recently returned from Paris
Second Mate
 
Clown
"Cirque Français"
Friend of Charles
 
Acrobat
"Cirque Français"
Honorine
Fanny's mother, a fish-stall keeper
The Admiral
an eccentric waterfront character
Cesario
 
Sailor
Claudette
twin sister of Claudine, friend of Fanny
 
Trained Seal
"Cirque Français"
Claudine
twin sister of Claudette, friend of Fanny
 
Trained Seal
"Cirque Français"
Customer
 
Living Statue
"Cirque Français"
Charles
 
Pony
"Cirque Français"
Sailmaker
 
Clown
"Cirque Français"
Customer
 
Acrobat
"Cirque Français"
Fisherman
 
Pony Trainer
"Cirque Français"
Acolyte
Understudies: C. K. Alexander (Panisse), Charles Blackwell (Arab Singer), Norma Doggett (Fanny), Patricia Finch (Fishwife), Tom Gleason (M. Brun, The Admiral), Henry Michel (Cesar, Escartifique) and Dolores Smith (Arab Dancing Girl)

Majestic Theatre (Nov 04, 1954 - Dec 02, 1956)

Assistant Co. Mgr: Roy A. Somlyo
Production Stage Manager: David Kanter; Assistant Stage Mgr: Kevin Scott and Beau Tilden

Cast

Panisse
wealthy sailmaker
Cesar
proprietor of cafe on waterfront
Oct 1956 - Dec 02, 1956
Nicola Moscona
During Ezio Pinza's vacation
Cesar
proprietor of cafe on waterfront
Aug 01, 1955 - Aug 06, 1955
 
Cesar
proprietor of cafe on waterfront
Oct 08, 1955 - Nov 12, 1955
Cesar
proprietor of cafe on waterfront
Jun 04, 1956 - Oct 1956
Fanny
daughter of Honorine
Marius
son of Cesar
Priest
 
Friend of Charles
 
Living Statue
"Cirque Français"
Clown
"Cirque Français"
Claudine
twin sister of Claudette, friend of Fanny
 
Trained Seal
"Cirque Français"
Cesario
Fisherman
 
Pony Trainer
"Cirque Français"
Acolyte
Fish-stall Woman
Mohammed el Bakkar
Originally billed as "Arab Rug Seller"
Arab Singer
 
Clown
"Cirque Français"
Solo Acrobat
Lace Vendor
 
Maid
Living Statue
"Cirque Français"
Escartifique
a ferryboat captain
Michellette
friend of Fanny
Claudette
twin sister of Claudine, friend of Fanny
Trained Seal
"Cirque Français"
 
Claudette
twin sister of Claudine, friend of Fanny
Friend of Charles
 
Priest
Mimi
friend of Fanny
Marie
friend of Fanny
 
Acrobat
"Cirque Français"
Sailmaker
 
Clown
"Cirque Français"
Living Statue
"Cirque Français"
Arab Dancing Girl
Acolyte
Cesario
Lace Vendor
Understudies: Alan Carney (Panisse), Barry Clifford (Cesario), Dulcie Cooper (Honorine), Florence Dunlap (Honorine), Daniel Labielle (Cesario), Henry Lascoe (Panisse), Janet Pavek (Fanny), Kevin Scott (Marius) and Jack Washburn (Marius)

Belasco Theatre (Dec 04, 1956 - Dec 16, 1956)

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization

Cast

Italo Tajo
Broadway debut
Cesar
proprietor of cafe on waterfront
Dec 04, 1956 - Dec 16, 1956
music by Harold Rome; lyrics by Harold Rome
Act 1
Sung By
Never Too Late for Love
Panisse and Ensemble
Cold Cream Jar Song
Panisse
Octopus Song
The Admiral
Restless Heart
Marius and Male Ensemble
Why Be Afraid to Dance? (Dance)
Cesar, Marius, Fanny and Ensemble
Never Too Late for Love (Reprise)
Cesar, Panisse and Honorine
Shika, Shika
Arab Dancing Girl, Rug Seller and Ensemble
Welcome Home
Cesar
I Like You
Marius and Cesar
I Have to Tell You
Fanny
Fanny
Marius
The Lovers
Fanny, Marius, Cesar and Ensemble
The Sailing
Fanny, Marius, Cesar and Ensemble
Oysters, Cockles and Mussels
Ensemble
Panisse and Son
Panisse
Wedding Dance (Dance)
Charles and Ensemble
First Act Finale
Ensemble
Act 2
Sung By
Birthday Song
Fanny, Honorine and Ensemble
To My Wife
Panisse
The Thought Of You
Marius and Fanny
Love Is a Very Light Thing
Cesar
Other Hands, Other Hearts
Fanny, Cesar and Marius
Fanny (Reprise)
Cesar, Fanny and Marius
Be Kind To Your Parents
Fanny and Cesario
Welcome Home (Reprise)
Cesar and Panisse

Tony Award®

Best Actor in a Musical

1955 Winner
Walter Slezak
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