"World, Take Me Back": 12 Musicals Due for a Broadway Revival

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02 Aug 2014

Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl.
Photo by Henry Grossman

7. Funny Girl

Funny Girl is a decent show, not as strong a piece as Mame, but not problematic like The Rink. Of course, the score to Funny Girl is among Broadway's best. Funny Girl is hard to cast, but not impossible. There are many women who could give a credible performance as Fanny Brice. When Seth Rudetsky and the Actors Fund presented the show (thrillingly) in concert in 2002, with different women taking on the role for each scene and song, one couldn't help but walk away thinking how different each performer was, how none of them could have done what the others did and how Barbra Streisand did it all better than all of them the first time around. Scorched earth, that is what Barbra left behind when she ran off to Hollywood. Still, unlike Mame, which calls for a certain kind of class and style not really cultivated in today's society, there are many scrappy girls with killer instincts and voices. Even if Funny Girl fails in its inevitable revival, it will be fun to watch the attempt.

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