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6 Iconic Funny Girl Performances You Can Watch Now

October 27, 2016 by Anne Berkowitz
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The original Broadway production of Funny Girl and the subsequent Academy Award-winning film propelled Barbra Streisand to legendary star-status. So, revivals of the musical are rare, as few wish to compete. This makes the Conundrum Theatre Company’s production at the Colony Theatre all the more special! As we get excited for Fanny Brice to make a return to Los Angeles, here are few legendary Funny Girl stars who made us “clamor for [their] drama!”

1. Leslie Kritzer at Papermill Playhouse

The New York Times hailed Kritzer’s performance, saying, “Ms. Kritzer is funny and elegant, sings a ballad meltingly, hits every high note, accurately, and holds it until you drop.” Even now, a decade and a half after the production closed, there are still people craving to see Kritzer play Fanny on the Great White Way.

2. Lea Michele at the 2010 Tony Awards

Lea Michele went from Broadway darling in Spring Awakening to international television star when she was cast as Rachel Berry on the hit show Glee. At the height of her newfound fame, she performed a powerful performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” during the live broadcast of the 2010 Tony Awards.

3. Lillias White at the 2002 Actors Fund Benefit

Lillias White evoked cheers and shrieks of joy from the audience during her ecstatic and moving rendition of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” at the Actors Fund back in 2002, standing out from the other big-league performers performing alongside her.

4. Idina Menzel at Barbra Streisand’s Kennedy Center Honors

After Idina was Wicked but before she “Let it Go,” she had the unenviable task of singing Streisand’s most well-loved song to the legend herself during her honors ceremony. In this performance, Idina proved once again that few can belt the high notes the way she can.

5. Aretha Franklin – 1964 Recording

Aretha Franklin’s phenomenal voice is perfectly paired to this heart-wrenching ballad. We are lucky to have a recording of her singing it when she would have been just around Fanny’s age in the show, making it all the more poignant.

6. Barbra Streisand – 1968 Movie

And finally, we had to include the beloved Barbra Streisand won the hearts of America (and plenty of awards, too) for her iconic performance in the Funny Girl film.

BONUS: Amy Schumer in Trainwreck

Last summer, funny girl Amy Schumer paid homage to Funny Girl in the opening scene of her hit Trainwreck, and we love her for it.

Make sure to catch catch the next iconic Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Colony Theatre in Los Angeles through November 20.