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Marilyn Bergman/Barbra Streisand: Melding Hearts, Minds & Voices

Today, January 8, 2022 – on the second anniversary of her death at age 93 – we remember songwriter Marilyn Bergman.

Marilyn (almost always in collaboration with her husband Alan) is responsible for some of the greatest song lyrics in film history. Throughout their long career, Alan & Marilyn also collaborated with powerhouse composers such as Marvin Hamlisch and Michel Legrand, and, most significantly, with songstress Barbra Streisand.read more.

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YENTL at 40: No Wonder We Love Barbra Streisand!

Were you to walk the streets of Cullman (AL) on a night in 1975, you would find yourself in a very quiet place. Cullman is small, surrounded on all sides by farmland and clumps of sweetgum trees. On that 70s night, it would have been dark, and, save the radio of an occasional passing pickup, quiet. But if you followed the right street down into a flat residential area, a voice could eventually be made out, just over the din of the cicadas.… read more.

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BW’s 2022 ‘Funny Girl’ Revival & the “Star is Born” Glow of Julie Benko

On May 4th (~ 2 months ago), FF2 posted my review of standby Julie Benko’s opening night performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

Although I have seen many Broadway performances, Julie’s performance was a rare chance to actually see a star being born, and watching her debut is a memory I will always treasure. Since then, Julie has earned many more fans.read more.

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“Hello, Gorgeous.” Our Love Makes Beanie Feldstein Beautiful!

I went to see the new Broadway revival of Funny Girl on April 23, which put me at the last matinee performance on the final day of previews…

Then, after Funny Girl opened the next day and all the reviews started coming in, I asked myself: What show did these critics see?

When I went into the theater, I was already a big Beanie Feldstein fan.… read more.

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Julie Benko Triumphs as Standby Fanny Brice in ‘Funny Girl’

Since the official opening of the long-awaited Broadway revival of Funny Girl on April 24th – the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl ever after over fifty years – the theatre community has spent significant energy debating Beanie Feldstein’s performance as Fanny Brice (the starring role).

Guest Post by Mara Sandroff

Beanie has the mixed blessing of following BARBRA STREISAND – one of the world’s most legendary performers – who shot into the entertainment stratosphere like a rocket when she was nominated for a Tony as Fanny in 1964 (Bab’s first starring role on Broadway), and then won an Oscar in the film adaptation of Funny Girl in 1969 (Bab’s very first Big Screen performance).… read more.

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My Gift to Babs: My Abiding Love for YENTL

April 24, 2022: Today is Barbra Streisand’s 80th Birthday and I have something very special to share.

From “Tzivi’s March ’09 Spotlight” in Chicago’s JUF News

Barbra Streisand’s Yentl has just been re-released in a brand new 25th anniversary DVD box set. Although much maligned over the years, Yentl is a great and heartfelt work of cinematic art, and I urge you all to watch it again with fresh eyes in celebration of Women’s History Month.… read more.

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