All tagged Barbra Streisand
It is no secret that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have stormed the cinema box offices with the remake of the oft-filmed story A Star Is Born. This is the fourth time that the story of a fading performer and his relationship with an up-and-coming talent has been depicted on the big screen. With all the hoopla around its latest incarnation, I thought it would be interesting to look back on the three prior versions of the film.
The composing team of Jule Styne (music) and Bob Merrill (lyrics) was never more potent than when they teamed for Funny Girl. The semi-autobiographical musical about the rise to fame and ill-fated romance of vaudevillian Fanny Brice crackled and sparkled, thanks particularly to the electric score and the indelible performance of Barbra Streisand. Isobel Lennart crafted the musical’s book, mostly an episodic tale of the ins-and-outs of Fanny’s struggle to be taken seriously as a female comedienne in a time where that was taboo, and her star-crossed romance with (and marriage to) professional gambler and con-artist Nicky Arnstein.
The announcement that Bette Midler will star in a Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! acts on me like a much-needed tonic where musical theatre is concerned. After a recent blog entry bemoaning the loss of honest to goodness old-fashioned musical comedy, what better way to usher back in the feel-good melody infused musical comedy than with a production of this Jerry Herman classic with the Divine Miss M's name over the title?
Whether we want to admit it or not, the holidays are here. Since tickets to Hamilton seem like an unlikely present this Christmas or Hanukkah (unless you bought them six months ago or don’t mind waiting until 2020 to see it), the Broadway musical enthusiast will have to look elsewhere for gift ideas to put on their wish list. Fortunately, there are a great many wonderful and unique options guaranteed to make every musical theatre fan a happy camper this holiday season.