Funny Girl

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In the Ziegfeld Follies, in Hollywood films, and on the radio, Fanny Brice was one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time. With humor, talent, and chutzpah, young Fanny, an awkward Jewish girl who “isn’t pretty,” defies the odds and becomes one of the greatest stars of her generation.

Fanny’s rise to super-stardom and her turbulent romance with gambler Nick Arnstein are explored through Bob Merrill and Jule Styne’s unforgettable score, which includes “People,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” and “You Are Woman, I Am Man.”

 

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Materials
  • Cast
  • History
  • Musical Numbers
  • Upcoming
  • Act I

    Backstage in her dressing room at the New Amsterdam Theatre, where she is a reigning Ziegfeld star, Fanny Brice sits thoughtfully at her dressing table. Her husband, Nick Arnstein, will soon come home after serving a prison sentence, and she must make a decision about their future. As she ponders her decision, the sights and sounds of her past come back to her.

    On New York City’s Lower East Side, adolescent Fanny is awkward and unattractive, but fiercely determined to be a star. Her mother and a neighbor try to dissuade her from entering show business (“If A Girl Isn’t Pretty”) but Fanny persists and overwhelms a vaudeville hoofer with her unshakable self-confidence (“I’m The Greatest Star”). The dancer, Eddie Ryan, coaches her in singing and dancing, and soon she is wowing vaudeville audiences (“Cornet Man”). Mrs. Brice and Eddie take credit for Fanny’s success (“Who Taught Her Everything?”)

    Nick Arnstein, an elegant and well-dressed gentleman, visits Fanny’s dressing room after the show. Though she is clearly attracted to him, Fanny is interrupted by a telegram from producer Flo Ziegfeld, who offers her a spot in his current Follies. Fanny is a hit in her first Ziegfeld appearance (“His Love Makes Me Beautiful”). Nick offers to celebrate with Fanny in style (“I Want To Be Seen With You Tonight”), but they wind up at Mrs. Brice’s opening-night block party instead (“Henry Street”). At the party, Nick and Fanny share their desires and vulnerabilities (“People”).

    Some months later, in Baltimore, Nick invites Fanny to a private dinner at an exclusive restaurant (“You Are Woman”) and Fanny is smitten. At the railroad station where the Follies company plans to board a train for Chicago, Fanny decides to leave the company and join Nick on a train bound for New York. Seeing a chance for true happiness, she refuses to let anything stand in her way (“Don’t Rain on My Parade”).

    Act II

    Fanny and Nick get married and move into a mansion on Long Island (“Sadie, Sadie”). Now that Fanny is independent, Mrs. Strakosh and Eddie tell Mrs. Brice to “Find Yourself A Man.” During rehearsals of a new Follies (“Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat”), Nick approaches Ziegfeld backstage about investing money in a Florida gambling casino. Ziegfeld declines, but Fanny insists on putting up the necessary capital. When Nick’s casino venture fails, Fanny tries to treat the bad news lightly (“Who Are You Now?”), but Nick becomes incensed. Out of desperation, he gets involved in a shady bond deal, and is soon arrested for embezzlement. Fanny, feeling helpless, nonetheless affirms her love for Nick (“The Music That Makes Me Dance”).

    Back in Fanny’s dressing room, in the present, Nick enters. Nick and Fanny still love each other deeply, but they realize their marriage can only bring them unhappiness. Reluctantly, they part. Alone once again, Fanny courageously resolves to get on with her life (“Don’t Rain On My Parade – Reprise”).

  • FUNNY GIRL
    Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Bob Merrill
    Book by Isobel Lennart from an original story by Miss Lennart
    Produced for the Broadway Stage by Ray Stark
    New York Production Supervised by Jerome Robbins
    Original Production Directed by Garson Kanin

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    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    FUNNY GIRL
    is presented by arrangement with
    Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company
    www.tamswitmark.com

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  • Instrumentation:

    3 Violins
    2 Cellos
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone(and optional Alto Flute)
    1 Reed II: Clarinet & Alto Saxophone (and optional Flute, Piccolo & Soprano Sax)
    1 Reed III: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone (and optional Eb Clarinet)
    1 Reed IV: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone (and optional Oboe)
    1 Reed V: Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet) & Bass Saxophone (or Baritone Saxophone)

    1 Horn
    2 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II
    1 Trombone III

    2 Percussion I & II:

    Timpani (2 Drums)
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    Field Drum
    Tom Tom
    Bongo Drums
    Cymbals:
    Hand
    Hi-Hat
    Suspended
    Choke
    Sock
    Finger
    Xylophone
    Glockenspiel
    Vibraphone
    Chimes
    Wood Block
    Temple Blocks
    Cow Bell
    Tambourine
    Slapsticks (small & large)
    Triangle
    Slide Whistle
    Drill Whistle
    Siren
    Ratchet

    Piano/Celeste (played from cues in Piano/Conductor Score, sent with rehearsal material)
    1 Guitar/Banjo

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • Principals

    Fanny Brice
    Nick Arnstein
    Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
    Mrs. Brice
    Mrs. Strakosh
    Eddie Ryan
    Ziegfeld Tenor
    Jenny

    Speaking Roles

    (In order of appearance)

    John, Stage Manager
    Emma
    Mrs. Meeker
    Mrs. O’Malley
    Tom Keeney
    Heckie
    Workmen
    Snub Taylor
    Trombone Smitty
    Five Finger Finney
    Trumpet Soloist
    Bubbles
    Polly
    Maude
    Two Showgirls
    Stage Director
    Mimsey
    Jody, Ziegfeld Lead Dancer
    Adolph
    Mrs. Nadler
    Paul
    Cathy
    Vera
    Ben
    Mr. Renaldi

    Ensemble

    Showgirls, Singers, Dancers

  • FUNNY GIRL opened on Broadway on March 26, 1964 and played for 1,348 performances at the Winter Garden, Majestic, and Broadway Theatres. The original cast  featured Barbra Streisand, Sydney Chaplin, Kay Medford and Jean Stapleton.

  • Act I

    1. Overture – Orchestra
    2. Opening Act One – Orchestra
    3. “Poker Chant No. 1” – Mrs. Brice & Mrs. Strakosh
    4. “If A Girl Isn’t Pretty” – Mrs. Strakosh, Brice, Meeker, & O’Malley
    5. “I’m The Greatest Star” – Fanny
    5a. Scene Change – Orchestra
    5b. Reprise: “I’m the Greatest Star” – Fanny
    6. Eddie’s Fifth Encore – Eddie (Whistles)
    6a. Chaser – Orchestra
    7. “Cornet Man” – Fanny & Chorus
    7a. Cornet Man Chaser – Orchestra
    8. “Nicky Arnstein (No. 1)” – Fanny
    9. Scene Change – Orchestra
    10. “Who Taught Her Everything?” – Eddie & Mrs. Brice
    10a. Scene Change – Orchestra
    10b. End of Scene 8 – Orchestra
    11. “His Love Makes Me Beautiful” – Tenor Solo, Chorus, & Fanny
    11a. Scene Change – Orchestra
    12. “I Want To Be Seen with You Tonight” – Nick & Fanny
    13. “Nicky Arnstein (No. 2)” – Fanny
    14. “Henry Street” – Chorus
    14a. Music Under Dialogue – Orchestra
    15. “People” – Fanny
    15a. “Poker Chant (No.2)” – Mrs. Brice & Mrs. Strakosh
    16. End of Scene 12 – Orchestra
    17. Incidental – Orchestra
    18. “You are Woman, I am Man” – Nick & Fanny
    18a. Scene Change – Orchestra
    19. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” – Fanny

    Act II

    20. Entr’acte – Orchestra
    21. “Sadie, Sadie” – Fanny & Chorus
    21a. Scene change – Orchestra
    22. “Find Yourself A Man” – Eddie, Mrs. Brice, & Mrs. Strakosh
    22a. Scene Change – Orchestra
    23. “Hat-Tat-Tat-Tat” – Fanny, Jenny, & Chorus
    23a. “Hat-Tat-Tat-Tat (Part 2)” – Fanny, Jenny, & Chorus
    23b. Scene Change – Orchestra
    24. “Who Are You Now” – Fanny
    24a. Scene Change – Orchestra
    25. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” – Nick
    26. Opening Scene 7 – Orchestra
    27. “The Music That Makes Me Dance” – Fanny
    27a. Scene Change – Orchestra
    28. Incidental: Underscore – Orchestra
    29. Finale Act Two – Fanny
    30. Curtain and Exit Music – Orchestra

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