From Barbra to Bernadette: Top Ten Signature Songs from Broadway

By Ben Rimalower
17 May 2014



Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl
Photo by Henry Grossman

1. "People" (Barbra Streisand)

Precious few people have dared to try to sing "People" since Barbra so exhilaratingly knocked it out of the stratosphere. Sure, it doesn't hurt that she scored a pop hit with the song even before Funny Girl opened on Broadway, or that she went on to win an Oscar starring in the hit film version. She subsequently built a once-in-a-generation career and legend on the foundation, in part, of her iconic performance of "People." There remains the simple fact that no one can sing "People" like Barbra. And if even if they could, they would just be copying her.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues, currently on tour to Miami Beach, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at benrimalower.com and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)