Saturday, January 22, 2011
The Fabulous Fanny
I was afraid to Google it, but, evidently, there are a number shops in New York (one for eyeglasses?!), as well as some special services, with this name. Plus the book, first published in 1953, and indeed available, currently, at Amazon via the Marketplace. And here is a fabulous review (from the All About Jewish Theatre website)!!
As you might guess, if you have been watching me watch old musicals, last night I watched (part of) Funny Girl, with the fabulous Barbra Streisand. (I generally see quite a bit of the beginning and the end, snoozing in the middle, but I see enough to determine that the CD is intact, undamaged, and to be saved for posterior, er, posterity.)
The fabulous Wikipedia told me about The Fabulous Fanny--is it actually this one?!--an authorized biography of the real Fanny Brice, without naming the author and in the context of stopping its publication. The musical was to be based on the book, and the musical itself went through the usual ups and downs of writing, cutting, and changes of personnel.
film last night, and the finale of "My Man," which is a real song outside the show, that Fanny Brice herself made famous in her lifetime, along with other fabulous singers of it, including Edith Piaf ("Mon Homme"), Billie Holiday, and Peggy Lee.
Now I am going to have to check and see if we have a copy of The Fabulous Fanny at Babbitt's, on our Star Bio or Entertainment or Theatre History shelves.
And while "fanny" is a fine euphemism for "bottom" in American slang, be careful saying it in Great Britain. Or Little Britain, for that matter.