Columbia Pictures is hoping people — people who need people — will flock to its Aug. 31 re-release of the movie musical, "Funny Girl," the 1968 picture that won Barbra Streisand her first Academy Award.
The new print, to been seen at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles and the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, creates a brilliant image and refreshed sound quality not seen or heard in old prints. Sony Pictures Entertainment is responsible for the restoration. A Chicago booking will be announced.
Conjuring the days when movies were genuine "events," the picture will be shown in its "road show" format that includes a soundtrack overture and intermission. A run of more than one week is planned.
William Wyler directed the film version of the 1964 Broadway hit that had a score by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill. The story tells the fictionalized version of vaudeville and radio star Fanny Brice's rise from the Jewish working class to star of the Ziegfeld Follies. Omar Sharif co-stars as the romanticized version of Brice's gambler-businessman husband, Nicky Arnstein. Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Lee Allen and Walter Pidgeon also star. Choreography is by Herbert Ross. Isobel Lennart penned the screenplay. Ray Stark produced.
The score includes "People" and "Don't Rain on My Parade." A film sequel, "Funny Lady," starred Streisand with a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Unlike the stage show, the film version uses "My Man" as a climactic emotional vocal. The tune was Brice's signature song.
— By Kenneth Jones