Thursday, March 31, 2022

Birthday Play: Funny Girl

I know it is spectacularly early to see this show, the 3rd day in previews I think. But it was my birthday and this is what I wanted.

And it was very very good. I never saw the original, so I don't know how much of the book Harvey Fierstein changed. It was pretty different from the movie, but in many ways it felt more authentic. there was more of Fanny's mom (who was played by Jane Lynch and was pretty great). Nicky Arnstein was a jewish dashing gambler in this show - which makes sense given his name.

But Beanie Feldstein as Fanny was great. Except for a hat problem (lost three different times with three different hats), so was magnetic. And stayed in character no matter what. Even with the lost hats, she pressed on and was the ball of energy one would expect. Her voice and mannerisms were excellent.

On "People" she was pretty good but who can tell with Ed whispering I hate this song to me during the entire thing. On the other hand, she rocked the house with "Don't Rain on My Parade". She was great. I was not surprised, Ed and I had seen her in "Hello Dolly" with Bette Midler.

Oddly, I had purchased two extra seats, that I just don't remember. The great news there is that Ed's brother Phil, and our niece Dora were here and loved it too!

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