Currently Browsing: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.