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Funny Girl is a semi-biographical musical based on the life and career of Broadway and film star and comedienne Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein. Image File history File links FunnyGirl1. ... Sir Thomas Malory wrote the most famous fictional biography of the Middle Ages with Le Morte dArthur about the life of King Arthur. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... A comedian (also comedienne, female) is a person who attempts to make people laugh through a variety of methods, normally through joke telling. ... Fanny Brice, early Ziegfeld Follies portrait photograph // Biography Fanny Brice (October 29, 1891 – May 29, 1951) was a United States comedienne, singer, and entertainer. ... An entrepreneur (a loanword from French) is a person who undertakes and operates a new enterprise or venture and assumes some accountability for the inherent risks. ... Gambling (or betting) is any behavior involving the risk of money or valuables on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event in which the outcome of that activity is partially or totally dependent upon chance. ... Julius Nicky W. Arnstein (??? - October 2, 1965) was an American businessman, professional gambler, and con artist. ...


After seventeen previews, it opened on March 26, 1964, at the Winter Garden Theatre in Manhattan, where it ran for 1348 performances. The opening night cast included Barbra Streisand, Sydney Chaplin, 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 husband-and-wife team Mimi Hines and Phil Ford. March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (86th in leap years). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Winter Garden Theatre is a Broadway theatre. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Barbra Streisand (born April 24, 1942 as Barbara Joan Streisand), is a two-time Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, film producer and director. ... Sydney Chaplin (1885-1965) was the elder half-brother of Charlie Chaplin and the half-uncle of the actor Sydney Chaplin (1926- ), who was born as Sydney Earle Chaplin. ... Kay Medford (September 14, 1914 - April 10, 1980), was an Oscar-nominated American character actress from New York. ... Jean Stapleton Jean Stapleton (born Jeanne Murray on January 19, 1923 in New York City) is an American actress of stage, television and film. ... Lainie Kazan (born Lainie Levine on May 15, 1940 in New York City) is an American actress and singer. ... An understudy is a theatrical term for someone who learns the lines and moves of a leading actor or actress in a theatrical play. ... Phil Jackson Ford (born February 9, 1956 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is a former professional player in the National Basketball Association. ...

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Production credits

Ray Stark (October 3, 1915 - January 17, 2004) was a film producer and powerbroker known for his Machiavellian ways. ... Seven Arts Productions was founded in 1957 by Ray Stark and Eliot Hyman. ... Garson Kanin (November 24, 1912 – March 13, 1999) was an American writer and director of plays and films. ... Isobel Lennart (May 18, 1915 - January 25, 1971) was an American screenwriter and playwright. ... Jule Styne (December 31, 1905 – September 20, 1994) was a British born American songwriter. ... Bob (Robert) Merrill (born Henry Lavan May 17, 1921? or ? 1923?- February 17, 1998) was a Jewish-American composer and lyricist. ... Irene Sharaff (b. ... Robert Randolph was the guitarist for Robert Randolph & the Family Band. ... Carol Haney (December 24, 1924 _ May 10, 1964) was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and opened a dancing school when she was fifteen years old. ...

Production songs

Act 1

  • If a Girl Isn't Pretty
  • I'm the Greatest Star
  • Cornet Man
  • Who Taught Her Everything?
  • His Love Makes Me Beautiful
  • I Want to Be Seen With You Tonight
  • Henry Street
  • People
  • You Are Woman, I Am Man
  • Don't Rain on My Parade

Act 2

  • Sadie, Sadie
  • Find Yourself a Man
  • Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat
  • Who Are You Now?
  • The Music That Makes Me Dance
  • Don't Rain on My Parade

Tony Award nominations

  • Best Musical
  • Best Composer and Lyricist
  • Best Actor in a Musical (Sydney Chaplin)
  • Best Actress in a Musical (Barbra Streisand)
  • Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Danny Meehan)
  • Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Kay Medford)
  • Best Choreography (Carol Haney)
  • Best Producer of a Musical (Ray Stark)

Facing tough competition from Hello, Dolly!, the show failed to win in any categories. What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... 1994 Cast Recording Hello, Dolly! is one of the most popular Broadway musicals ever written. ...


Film version

Funny Girl
Directed by William Wyler
Produced by Ray Stark
Written by Isobel Lennart
Starring Barbra Streisand
Omar Sharif
Walter Pidgeon
Cinematography Harry Stradling Sr.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) 1968
Running time 151 min.
IMDb profile

The 1968 screen adaptation, directed by William Wyler, paired Streisand with Omar Sharif in the role of Arnstein. Medford and Stapleton repeated their stage roles, and Walter Pidgeon was cast as Flo Ziegfeld, with Anne Francis in the added role of showgirl Georgia James, although most of her performance was left on the cutting room floor. Fans of the original Broadway score were dismayed to discover most of its songs were eliminated. The most notable addition was "My Man," a Fanny Brice tune used as the film's finale. Image File history File links FunnyGirl2. ... William Wyler (July 1, 1902–July 27, 1981) was a prolific, Oscar-winning motion picture director. ... Ray Stark (October 3, 1915 - January 17, 2004) was a film producer and powerbroker known for his Machiavellian ways. ... Isobel Lennart (May 18, 1915 - January 25, 1971) was an American screenwriter and playwright. ... Barbra Streisand (born April 24, 1942 as Barbara Joan Streisand), is a two-time Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, film producer and director. ... Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف; April 10, 1932), also known as Omar al-Sharif or Omar Ash-Sharif, is an Egyptian-born actor (of Lebanese and Syrian origin) who has starred in many Hollywood films. ... Walter Pidgeon Walter Pidgeon (September 23, 1897 – September 25, 1984) was a Canadian actor. ... Harry Stradling Sr. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... // October 30 - The film The Lion in Winter, starring Katharine Hepburn, debuts. ... William Wyler (July 1, 1902–July 27, 1981) was a prolific, Oscar-winning motion picture director. ... Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف; April 10, 1932), also known as Omar al-Sharif or Omar Ash-Sharif, is an Egyptian-born actor (of Lebanese and Syrian origin) who has starred in many Hollywood films. ... Walter Pidgeon Walter Pidgeon (September 23, 1897 – September 25, 1984) was a Canadian actor. ... Florenz Ziegfeld (March 21, 1869 - July 22, 1932) was a Broadway impresario who achieved fame by perfecting the United States revue. ... Anne Francis Anne Francis (born September 16, 1930, in Ossining, New York) is an American actress, famous for her role in the film science fiction classic, Forbidden Planet (1956), and as the TV-series private detective Honey West (1965-1966). ...


Streisand won the Academy Award for Best Actress, an honor she shared with Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter. The film was nominated in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Kay Medford), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation), Best Original Song ("Funny Girl"), and Best Sound. The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an iconic four-time Academy Award-winning American star of film, television and stage, widely recognized for her sharp wit, New England gentility and fierce independence. ... The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical costume drama made by Embassy Pictures, based on the Broadway play by James Goldman. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most aesthetic sound mixing or recording, and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of the winning film. ...


Streisand received a Golden Globe as Best Actress; nominations also went to the film, the title song, and Wyler, who was named Best Director by the Directors Guild of America. Lennart's screenplay won her recognition from the Writers Guild of America. The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Directors Guild of America (DGA) is the labor union which represents the interests of film and television directors in the United States motion picture industry. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ...


The film was a huge hit in theaters, and became the top grossing film of 1968.


In 2006 this film ranked #16 on the American Film Institute's list of best musicals. The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


A 1975 sequel, entitled Funny Lady, with James Caan in the role of Brice's second husband, impresario Billy Rose; it was considered inferior by most critics, but was still a reasonable commercial success. // January 28 - George Lucas creates the second draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... theatrical poster Funny Lady was a musical film of 1975, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif. ... James Edmund Caan[1] (born March 26, 1940 in The Bronx, New York) is an Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. ... An impresario is a manager or producer in one of the entertainment industries, usually Music or Theatre. ... Billy Rose (September 6, 1899–February 10, 1966) was an Jewish-American theatrical showman. ...


A previous Hollywood biopic allegedly based on Brice's life, released in 1939, was entitled Rose of Washington Square and starred Alice Faye, Tyrone Power, and Al Jolson. It was as historically inaccurate as its successors. A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Alice Faye, from her official Website, http://www. ... Tyrone Power in Charles Laughtons production of John Browns Body, photo by Carl Van Vechten, March 3, 1953 Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr. ... Asa Al Jolson Yoelson (born in Seredžius, Lithuania on May 26, 1886 and died in San Francisco, California on October 23, 1950) was an acclaimed American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1911 until his death in 1950. ...


External links

  • Visit an in-depth look at the Funny Girl film
  • These pages examine the Funny Girl Broadway play, and include a section which compares the Broadway version to the film version
  • Visit a large gallery of images from the career of Fanny Brice
  • Funny Girl at the Internet Movie Database
  • Funny Girl at The Internet Broadway Database

 
 

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