Funny Girl [Original Broadway Cast]

Funny Girl [Original Broadway Cast]

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By proving she could handle a marquee turn on Broadway, this 1964 hit catapulted recording star Barbra Streisand into superstardom. The original cast album catches the young diva at a very special point in her vocal artistry; rarely has she sounded as in-the-moment and affecting. Handed brilliant material, she ran with it all. Her takes on showstoppers like “People,… See more details below

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By proving she could handle a marquee turn on Broadway, this 1964 hit catapulted recording star Barbra Streisand into superstardom. The original cast album catches the young diva at a very special point in her vocal artistry; rarely has she sounded as in-the-moment and affecting. Handed brilliant material, she ran with it all. Her takes on showstoppers like “People,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” “His Love Makes Me Dance,” and “The Music That Makes Me Dance” quickly became definitive, while “Rat-Tat-Tat” and “Sadie Sadie” demonstrated her natural flair for comedy. From here it was on to Hollywood, but this essential recoding captures all the qualities that made “Babs” the best in the league.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As recounted in David Foil's liner notes to the 1992 reissue of this original Broadway cast recording of Funny Girl, the musical went through many changes before its successful opening in New York on March 26, 1964. The original idea was to do a movie about Fanny Brice, the comic Ziegfeld Follies star, but eventually the project was diverted to Broadway, and it evolved into a star vehicle for Barbra Streisand. The 21-year-old had only appeared in one previous show, but on opening night she had placed three LPs in the Top Ten within the previous 12 months, turning her into a major star. As such, she completely overshadowed Brice but, especially on this initial recording of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's score, she did convey a modicum of Brice's ethnic humor, albeit mixed with a big dose of her own personality and world-beating voice. Styne had composed the music with Streisand in mind, and she handled both the bravura, rangy belters "I'm the Greatest Star" and "Don't Rain on My Parade" as effectively as the tender ballads "People" (soon to become a hit single in a different recording from the one included here) and "The Music That Makes Me Dance." She dominated the album, taking eight of the 17 selections alone and also appearing on four others, but Kay Medford (as Brice's mother) and Danny Meehan (as a vaudeville friend) made strong impressions in such change-of-pace numbers as "If a Girl Isn't Pretty" and "Who Taught Her Everything?" Sydney Chaplin, as Brice's husband, the gambler Nick Arnstein, was less impressive, with a very limited vocal range that sounded even more inadequate than usual against Streisand's remarkable instrument. Quickly recorded, the album was relatively underproduced for a Streisand recording, but it captured a fresh performance she could not recreate later.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/1992
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0077776466125
catalogNumber:
64661
Rank:
11117

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Vocals,Track Performer,Actress
Milton Rosenstock   Conductor,Musical Direction
John Lankston   Vocals,Actor,Track Performer
Kay Medford   Vocals,Track Performer,Actress
Sydney Chaplin   Vocals,Actor
Danny Meehan   Vocals,Actor
Jean Stapleton   Vocals,Actress

Technical Credits

Ralph Burns   Orchestration
Luther Henderson   Dance Arrangement
Bob Norberg   Remastering
Milton Rosenstock   Musical Director
Jule Styne   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer,Lyricist
David Foil   Liner Notes,Reissue Liner Notes
Stanley Green   Original Liner Notes
Irene Sharaff   Costume Design
Buster Davis   Vocal Arrangements
Garson Kanin   Director
Isobel Lennart   Book
Robert Norberg   Remastering
Richard Jones   Producer

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