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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. Act I[ edit ] Fanny is a stage-struck teen who gets her first job in vaudeville. Her mother and her friend Mrs. Strakosh try to dissuade her from show business because Fanny is not the typical beauty "If a Girl Isn't Pretty". But Fanny perseveres "I'm the Greatest Star" and is helped and encouraged by Eddie Ryan, a dancer she meets in the vaudeville shows. Once Fanny's career takes off, Eddie and Miss. Fanny performs a supposedly romantic number in the Follies, but she turns it into a classic comic routine, ending the number as a pregnant bride "His Love Makes Me Beautiful". She meets the sophisticated and handsome Nick Arnstein, who accompanies Fanny to her mother's opening night party on "Henry Street". Fanny is clearly falling in love with Nick, while acknowledging their complex vulnerabilities " People ". Later they meet in Baltimore and have a private dinner at a swanky restaurant and declare their feelings "You Are Woman". In the meantime, Mrs. Strakosh and Eddie propose to Miss. Brice that she should find a man to marry, now that her daughter is supporting her "Find Yourself a Man". Nick asks Ziegfeld to invest in a gambling casino, but although Ziegfeld passes, Fanny insists on investing. When the venture fails and they lose their money, Fanny tries to make light of it, which propels Nick to get involved in a shady bond deal, resulting in his arrest for embezzlement. In the present, Fanny is waiting for Nick to arrive and has time to reflect on her situation. Nick arrives, newly released from prison, and he and Fanny decide to separate. Background[ edit ] Ray Stark had commissioned an authorized biography of Brice, based on taped recollections she had dictated, but was unhappy with the result. Stark then turned to Ben Hecht to write the screenplay for a biopic , but neither Hecht nor the ten writers who succeeded him were able to produce a version that satisfied Stark. Stark discussed the possibility with producer David Merrick , who suggested Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim compose the score. You need someone ethnic for the part. She agreed to play Brice if she could handle the score. Merrick suggested Styne collaborate with Dorothy Fields , but the composer was not interested. He went to Palm Beach, Florida for a month and composed music he thought Bancroft would be able to sing. While he was there, he met Bob Merrill, and he played the five melodies he already had written for him. Merrill agreed to write lyrics for them; these included "Who Are You Now? She listened to the score, then stated, "I want no part of this. It's not for me. Since they thought he was wrong for the role, Stark and Robbins approached Carol Burnett , who said, "I'd love to do it but what you need is a Jewish girl. He was impressed and asked her to audition. Styne later recalled, "She looked awful All her clothes were out of thrift shops. I saw Fran Stark staring at her, obvious distaste on her face. Stark refused and Robbins quit the project. Then Merrick signed Bob Fosse to direct Funny Girl, and work began on it again, until Fosse quit and the show went into limbo for several months. Then Merrick suggested Stark hire Garson Kanin. It was Merrick's last contribution to the production; shortly afterward he bowed out, and Stark became sole producer. Streisand already had recorded the song for a single release, and Merrill insisted, "It has to be in the show because it's the greatest thing she's ever done. By the time the show opened in Boston , people were so familiar with "People" they applauded it during the overture. The critics praised Streisand but disliked the show. Lennart continued to edit her book and deleted another thirty minutes before the show moved to Philadelphia , where critics thought the show could be a hit if the libretto problems were rectified. Five songs were cut, and "You Are Woman", a solo for Sydney Chaplin , was rewritten as a counterpoint duet. Streisand was still unhappy with Kanin and was pleased when Robbins returned to oversee the choreography by Carol Haney. Productions[ edit ] After seventeen previews, the Broadway production opened on March 26, at the Winter Garden Theatre , subsequently transferring to the Majestic Theatre and The Broadway Theatre , where it closed on July 1, to complete its total run of 1, performances. When Streisand became pregnant and had to drop out of the show, her understudy, Lisa Shane, wife of The Italian Job director Peter Collinson , took over, and continued to perform until the show closed. The production starred Jill Perryman as Fanny Brice. The planned city tour started in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania in October , but ended prematurely in November in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The production was revived in , with O'Connor and Hayes reprising their roles. The New York Times reviewer noted: He said "We have made the extremely difficult decision today to postpone our production of Funny Girl. Given the current economic climate, many Broadway producing investors have found it impossible to maintain their standard level of financial commitment. Opening night was on October 15, A new London production opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory on November 20, in previews, officially on December 2, for a limited run to March 5, ; making it the show's first full-scale revival ever. Following this, the show transferred to London's Savoy Theatre on April 9, for a run through to September 10, She was replaced by her understudy , Natasha J Barnes,  who continued to play the role until Smith's eventual return on July 8. It peaked at 2 on the Billboard and achieved gold record status. The album received a commemorative 50th Anniversary edition which was released on April 29, The box set includes an LP of the cast album as well as a remastered CD and a page soft-cover collector's book full of photographs of the original Broadway production.
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