“Funny Girl” Fanny Brice

June 7th, 2009 - 8:33 pm ICT by GD  

On Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 8 p.m, “Funny Girl” will take place in the Paramount Theatre on the Broadway in Asbury Park. The special one night show will have Steven Brinberg as Barbara Streisand for the play.

Golden Globe, Tony and Emmy award winning Laine Kazan has signed on the dotted lines to appear on the stage for the Revision Theatre’s Benefit Performance production. Incidentally, Kazan had served as Barbara Streisand’s understudy for the Original Broadway Production of “Funny Girl”. “Funny Girl” has also opened at the Southern Appalachian Theatre on the Mars Hill College campus has Liz Aiello staring as Fanny Brice.

However, it is Barbara Streisand who is mostly associated with the character of Brice, after she had starred in the 1964 stage production which was a major success. A movie was made on the same, starring Streisand along with Omar Sharif in 1968. Songs from the musical that were made immortal are “I’m the greatest star”, “People”, “You are woman, I am man” and “Don’t rain on my parade”.

“Funny Girl” is a theatrical adaptation of the life of Fanny Brice, who is heralded as one of the funniest woman in the History of early American musicals. The play traces her life through various phases, her rise to fame and her relationship with her husband Nicky Arnstein.

Her original name was Fania Borach. She was born in New York City and was of Jewish decent. She made her foray in to mainstream theatre in 1910 in Vaudeville. She was discovered by Florenz Ziegfield and performed as a headliner for almost 25 years in Ziegfield Follies.

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