Funny Girl [Original Soundtrack]

Funny Girl [Original Soundtrack]

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by Barbra Streisand
     
 

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It doesn't get any better than this. Barbra Streisand won an Oscar for her film debut, Funny Girl, in which she re-created her superstar-making 1964 Broadway triumph as Ziegfeld Follies comedienne Fanny Brice, a role she was cosmically predestined to play. At the peak of her amazing vocal powers, Streisand, then 26,See more details below

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It doesn't get any better than this. Barbra Streisand won an Oscar for her film debut, Funny Girl, in which she re-created her superstar-making 1964 Broadway triumph as Ziegfeld Follies comedienne Fanny Brice, a role she was cosmically predestined to play. At the peak of her amazing vocal powers, Streisand, then 26, outdistances the stage version of Funny Girl with superior takes of signature tunes "I'm the Greatest Star" and "Don't Rain on My Parade." William Wyler's 1968 film wedges in Billy Rose's delightful "I'd Rather Be Blue Over You (Than Happy With Somebody Else)" and the famous Brice torch song, "My Man," both given superlative readings by the star. This album is a virtual one-woman show, and Streisand's bone-tingling performance of "People" remains one of the greatest moments in an extraordinary career.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The film adaptation of the Broadway musical Funny Girl arrived in theaters four years after the show had opened, again starring Barbra Streisand, but much had changed in the interim, and that's reflected in the soundtrack album. While the stage show had been dominated by Streisand, there had still been room for character songs performed by other people, and the cast album contained 15 different numbers, all written by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. For the film, eight of those songs were dropped, replaced by three new Styne-Merrill numbers and two period tunes, one of them the torch song "My Man," which was associated with Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, of whom the film was nominally a biography. There were still a few moments for secondary characters to burst into song, notably the comic "If a Girl Isn't Pretty" and a verse of "You Are Woman, I Am Man" for co-star Omar Sharif (who proved to have an adequate conversational tenor). But the movie version of Funny Girl was even more of a showcase for Streisand than the stage production had been. She responded with a more mannered performance than the one she had given on the cast album, broader and full of spoken interjections. In part, that was necessary -- when you're singing "Don't Rain on My Parade" from a tugboat in New York harbor, you'd better oversing just to keep up with the production values. But the third time around with it (including the hit single rendition), she loaded "People" with vocal effects that bordered on self-parody. With a full movie orchestra, this version of the score is generally bigger and glossier, and Streisand holds her own and then some. But the result is that this drastically revised rendering of the score is less successful than the previous one.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998515123
catalogNumber:
85151
Rank:
16992

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Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist,Vocals
Walter Scharf   Conductor
Kay Medford   Vocals
Walter Pidgeon   Vocals
Anne Francis   Vocals
Omar Sharif   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jack Gold   Producer
Walter Scharf   Arranger,Musical Supervision
Jule Styne   Composer
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Stan Weiss   Engineer
Bob Merrill   Composer,Lyricist
Jacques Charles   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer

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