Lainie Kazan Will Be Special Guest at Brinberg Funny Girl

News   Lainie Kazan Will Be Special Guest at Brinberg Funny Girl Stage and screen star Lainie Kazan, who was Barbra Streisand's understudy in the original Broadway production of Funny Girl, will be a special guest star in a one-night-only benefit performance of that Jule Styne musical July 11 at the Paramount Theatre on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ.
Lainie Kazan
Lainie Kazan

Directed and choreographed by Connor Gallagher and music directed by John Fischer, the 8 PM performance will feature the previously announced Barbra Streisand impersonator Steven Brinberg as Fanny Brice, the role created by Streisand.

Funny Girl opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre on March 26, 1964, starring Streisand. Its Jule Styne-Bob Merrill score includes such tunes as "Sadie, Sadie," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "I'm the Greatest Star," "The Music That Makes Me Dance," "Who Are You Now?" and the show's anthem, "People." Isobel Lennart wrote the book for the musical.

Lainie Kazan received a Tony nomination for her performance in the Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty musical My Favorite Year, and her other Broadway credits include The Government Inspector, Funny Girl, Bravo Giovanni and The Happiest Girl in the World. On screen Kazan has been seen in "My Favorite Year," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "St. Elsewhere," "The Paper Chase" and "Beaches."

Steven Brinberg has performed his Streisand impersonation on stages in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Houston and the U.K. He recently completed a sold-out tour of the U.K. and the West End, following record-breaking runs at London's Playhouse and Jermyn Street theatres. Brinberg is the winner of the MAC Award and the Bistro Award for his Simply Barbra performances. He also appeared in the workshops of Ken Page's musical Nightlife and can be heard on "Simply Barbra Duets."

Tickets, priced $25-$100, are available by visiting www.ReVisionTheatre.org or by calling (732) 455-3059. *

ReVision Theatre is a non-profit professional regional theatre company dedicated to "producing invigorating theatre with a fresh new perspective reaching the diverse community of Asbury Park and Monmouth County."