Funny Girl opened on March 26, 1964, at the Winter Garden Theatre, then transferred to the Majestic Theatre, and then to the The Broadway Theatre, and had a total run of 1,348 performances. The musical is based around the life and career of Broadway star, former Ziegfeld star, film actress, and comedian Fanny Brice. The cast included Barbra Streisand, Sydney Chaplin, Kay Medford, Danny Meehan, Jean Stapleton, Joseph Macauley, Roger DeKoven, and Lainie Kazan. The show was nominated for 8 Tony Awards that year. This show means so much to me, and is my absolute favorite. I personally think it deserves a Broadway revival! With Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Bob Merrill, and a Book by Isobel Lennart, how could it not be revived?! Favorite numbers: I’m The Greatest Star, Cornet Man, I Want to Be Seen With You Tonight, People, You Are Woman, Don’t Rain in My Parade, The Music That Makes Me Dance.
Fun facts: The musical was produced by Ray Stark, who was married to Fanny Brice’s daughter in real life, Frances. The show was choreographed by Carol Haney (and you might recognize her from her iconic dance number with Bob Fosse in the film Kiss Me Kate).
Who would you cast as Fanny Brice if Funny Girl had an upcoming revival? Mine is in the comments.
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