Funny Girl (musical)

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Funny Girl is a 1964 musical (opened on Broadway in 1964) with a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill.wikipedia
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Jule Styne

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Funny Girl is a 1964 musical (opened on Broadway in 1964) with a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill.
Jule Styne (born Julius Kerwin Stein, December 31, 1905 – September 20, 1994) was a British-American song writer and composer known for a series of Broadway musicals, which include several famous and frequently revived shows which also became successful films, including Gypsy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Funny Girl.

Bob Merrill

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Funny Girl is a 1964 musical (opened on Broadway in 1964) with a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill.
He wrote musicals for the Broadway stage, including Carnival! (music and lyrics) and Funny Girl (lyrics).

Fanny Brice

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The semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedian Fanny Brice featuring her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.
Thirteen years after her death, Brice was portrayed on the Broadway stage by Barbra Streisand in the 1964 musical Funny Girl; Streisand also starred in its 1968 film adaptation, for which she won an Oscar, and in the 1975 sequel, Funny Lady.

Don't Rain on My Parade

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Fanny is determined to marry Nick, regardless of his gambling past ("Don't Rain on My Parade").
"Don't Rain on My Parade" is a popular song from the 1964 musical Funny Girl.

People (Barbra Streisand song)

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Fanny is clearly falling in love with Nick, while acknowledging their complex vulnerabilities ("People").
"People" is a song composed by Jule Styne with lyrics by Bob Merrill for the 1964 Broadway musical Funny Girl starring Barbra Streisand, who introduced the song.

Barbra Streisand

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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.
Streisand returned to Broadway in 1964 with an acclaimed performance as entertainer Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Ray Stark

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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.
Although stage and film actress Anne Bancroft was the initial first choice to play Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, (the biopic production based on Stark's iconic mother in-law), Stark felt drawn to Barbra Streisand, an unknown singer and performer on the rise in New York City.

List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients (E–I)

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The original cast recording of Funny Girl was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.

Ziegfeld Follies

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Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, awaiting the return of her husband, Nicky Arnstein, from prison, reflects on their life together, and their story is told as a flashback.
The 1964 stage musical Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, depicts Fanny Brice's success with the Follies.

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Funny Girl is a 1964 musical (opened on Broadway in 1964) with a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill.
The 1960s would see a number of blockbusters, like Fiddler on the Roof (1964; 3,242 performances), Hello, Dolly! (1964; 2,844 performances), Funny Girl (1964; 1,348 performances) and Man of La Mancha (1965; 2,328 performances), and some more risqué pieces like Cabaret, before ending with the emergence of the rock musical.

Kay Medford

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.
For her performance as Rose Brice in the musical Funny Girl and the film adaptation of the same name, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Hello, Dolly! (musical)

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The production was nominated for eight Tony Awards but, facing tough competition from Hello, Dolly!, it failed to win in any categories.
Although facing competition from Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand, Hello, Dolly! swept the Tony Awards that year, winning awards in ten categories (out of eleven nominations) that tied the musical with the previous record keeper South Pacific, record that remained unbroken for 37 years until The Producers won twelve Tonys in 2001.

Garson Kanin

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Then Merrick suggested Stark hire Garson Kanin.
His other stage work includes directing The Diary of Anne Frank (1955), which ran for 717 performances, and the musical Funny Girl (1964), which ran for 1,348 performances.

Mimi Hines

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.
She succeeded Barbra Streisand in the original production of Funny Girl.

Lainie Kazan

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.
Kazan made her Broadway debut in 1961 with the musical The Happiest Girl in the World. She appeared the following year in another musical, Bravo Giovanni, and understudied Barbra Streisand for the lead role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1964).

Marilyn Michaels

The First National Tour gave top billing to Lillian Roth as Mrs. Brice, Anthony George as Nicky and Marilyn Michaels third billed as Fanny.
In 1965, after signing with ABC Paramount and starring at New York's Copacabana, as well as Las Vegas and London, Marilyn starred for a year as Fanny Brice in the National Company of Funny Girl.

Isobel Lennart

Funny Girl is a 1964 musical (opened on Broadway in 1964) with a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill.
In 1964, Lennart wrote the book for the Broadway musical Funny Girl, based on the life and career of Fanny Brice and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nick Arnstein.

Sydney Chaplin (American actor)

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Five songs were cut, and "You Are Woman", a solo for Sydney Chaplin, was rewritten as a counterpoint duet.
He played in Funny Girl opposite Barbra Streisand in 1964, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.

Nicky Arnstein

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The semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedian Fanny Brice featuring her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.
He lived long enough to see himself immortalized in the 1964 Broadway musical Funny Girl, in which he was portrayed by Sydney Chaplin.

Jerome Robbins

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Merrick discussed the project with Jerome Robbins, who gave the screenplay to Anne Bancroft.
In 1964, he took on a floundering Funny Girl and devised a show that ran 1348 performances.

Smash (novel)

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Kanin's novel Smash is based loosely on his experience directing Funny Girl.
Smash is loosely based on Kanin's experiences directing the 1964 Broadway musical Funny Girl.

The Production Company

In 1999, The Production Company produced Funny Girl in Melbourne, starring Caroline O'Connor and Nancye Hayes.

Jill Perryman

The production starred Jill Perryman as Fanny Brice.
Perryman was strong in voice and personality, and a long series of understudy and small roles eventually led her, through the recommendation of John McCallum (who was then joint managing director of J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd), to take the lead in the key Australian production of Funny Girl, a performance that won her an Erik Award for Best Actress and led to major roles in other productions.

Fade Out – Fade In

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Funny Girl temporarily was shelved, and Styne moved on to other projects, including Fade Out – Fade In for Carol Burnett.
Excellent reviews led to a box-office bonanza, and in its early weeks the show consistently out-grossed other current musicals Hello, Dolly! and Funny Girl.

Sutton Foster

Performers included Carolee Carmello, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Ana Gasteyer, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Judy Kuhn, Julia Murney, LaChanze, Ricki Lake, Andrea Martin, Idina Menzel, Bebe Neuwirth, Kaye Ballard, Alice Playten, Lillias White, Len Cariou, Peter Gallagher, Gary Beach, and The Rockettes.
During the run, Foster appeared in concert versions of Chess and Funny Girl, before leaving in 2004.