Funny Girl

Funny Girl (1964)

Musical: Funny Girl (Winter Garden Theatre, NY & Majestic Theatre, NY & Broadway Theatre, NY)
Published/Performed: Mar 26, 1964 - Jul 1, 1967

Author: Isobel Lennart
Born: May 18, 1915 Brooklyn, New York City, NY
Passed: Jan 25, 1971 Hemet, CA

Film: Funny Girl
Released: 1968

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About the Musical Funny Girl:

Funny Girl is a musical with a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill. The semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Broadway, film star and comedienne Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein. Its original title was My Man.

The musical was produced by Ray Stark, who was Brice's son-in-law via his marriage to her daughter Frances, and starred Barbra Streisand. The production was nominated for eight Tony Awards but, facing tough competition from Hello, Dolly!, it failed to win in any categories.

After seventeen previews, the Broadway production opened on March 26, 1964 at the Winter Garden Theatre, subsequently transferring to the Majestic Theatre and The Broadway Theatre to complete its total run of 1,348 performances. The musical was directed by Garson Kanin and choreographed by Carol Haney under the supervision of Jerome Robbins. In addition to Streisand and Chaplin, the original cast included Kay Medford, Danny Meehan, Jean Stapleton, and Lainie Kazan, who also served as Streisand's understudy. Later in the run, Streisand and Chaplin were replaced by Mimi Hines and Johnny Desmond, and Hines' husband and comedy partner Phil Ford also joined the cast.

Streisand reprised her role in the 1966 West End production at the Prince of Wales Theatre directed by Lawrence Kasha.

The 1968 film adaptation, Funny Girl, was directed by William Wyler. Barbra Streisand, reprised her Broadway role, and shared the Academy Award for Best Actress with Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter.

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