THE SCREENING ROOM: March the Band Out Funny Girl Turns 50 (Video)

By Playbill Staff
March 26, 2014

Funny Girl opened on Broadway at The Winter Garden Theatre March 26, 1964, starring Barbra Streisand as the comedian and performer Fanny Brice.



Funny Girl went on to receive eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Composer and Lyricist and Best Musical. It was adapted into a motion picture in 1968, starring Streisand in an Academy Award-winning performance. 

The TV show "Glee" currently features Lea Michele's character, Rachel Berry, starring in a revival of Funny Girl on Broadway. "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy has purchased the rights to the musical, sparking rumors that Michele will star in a Broadway revival. 

In honor of Funny Girl's anniversary, Playbill.com put together a collection of songs from the musical, which features a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill. 

Click through to see a collection of songs from Funny Girl.

Barbra Streisand sings "Funny Girl" and "The Music That Makes Me Dance" 

Lea Michele and Ioan Gruffudd perform "You are Woman, I am Man" on "Glee"

Shoshana Bean sings "Cornet Man" on The Broadway Cruise

Lea Michele sings "My Man" at a MusiCares tribute to Barbra Streisand

Leslie Kritzer sings "The Greatest Star" on Seth Speaks

Sutton Foster sings "Don't Rain On My Parade"

Idina Menzel sings "Funny Girl"

Lauren Ambrose sings "My Man"

Barbra Streisand sings a medley of songs from Funny Girl

Lea Michele sings "Don't Rain On My Parade" at the 2010 Tony Awards 

Barbra Streisand sings "People"