Fanny Hackabout-Jones was originally scheduled to premiere as part of the New Musicals series in a theatre at the State University of New York at Purchase. It was scheduled to run March 19, 1991-May 18, 1991, not in the largest theatre at Purchase, but in a smaller 673-seat theatre. After the first production, Kiss of the Spider Woman (which was produced in the larger 1,372 seat theatre at Purchase), the entire venture was canceled and no more productions were mounted.
Instead, a workshop (possibly of just the first act) was produced at the Long Wharf in New Haven in June 1991.
In August 2001, Variety reported that Lynne Meadow, artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Club, had done a workshop in the spring of 2001 and that she was readying a production of the show to be produced at a regional theatre the following spring. (Melissa Errico's website lists Fanny in this workshop on her list of credits.) The article said that the original writing team had parted ways after the Long Wharf workshop and that Meadow had brought Jeffrey Hatcher to rewrite the book, and that Erica Jong was still attached to the project, along Lucy Simon and Susan Birkenhead.