It’s Double Take December at Musical Cyberspace! Every musical pretty much has something one likes and something one doesn’t in it. This month I’ll be listing one of each for a range of musicals, a different one each day.
Something I Like: The title always makes me smile. In all seriousness, there is something about his show that draws you in – perhaps it is its restful, romantic tone. It’s the kind of thing you’d like to see Bartlett Sher revive and lovingly recraft, with Marion Cotillard in the title role. That might be wonderful and he might be able to find the vital pulse of the show, something that the recent Encores! reading didn’t seem to achieve.
Something I Don’t Like: I hate that the film adaptation eliminated the songs, relegating Harold Rome’s score to the background. Joshua Logan, who directed the film, certainly looked after Samuel Behrman’s and his own interests as writers of the book.
Feel free to share your “double take” on Fanny in the comment box!