Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Funny Girl

I've always been a big fan of musicals, thanks to my love of Julie Andrews, growing up. But for some strange reason I've never seen anything with Barbra Streisand in it. Even what I have seen of Hello, Dolly! didn't feature her.

Right before "Glee" went on break, their final episode contained a song called "Don't Rain on My Parade" performed by Lea Michelle as the character Rachel Berry. I've heard the song before but Rachel's performance of it completely knocked my socks off. I was a girl obsessed after hearing the song one time.

And so, I went on a hunt. I wanted to know more about where the song came from, which lead me to the musical Funny Girl starring Ms. Streisand in her feature film debut, which she also won an Academy Award for. After I watched the movie/musical I was smitten. Streisand's embodiment of the main character was phenomenal and I can see why she would be Rachel's idol. It is a well deserved worshiping.

If you're a lover of musicals and haven't seen Funny Girl yet then I would strongly recommend you do. It's well worth your time. Even if you don't particularly enjoy watching people burst into song while dancing about, there's a very compelling story behind it all since it's loosely based on the real life of Fanny Brice, making it that much more interesting.

Don't be stubborn, just listen to what I'm telling you and watch it. You know you want to.


Syd said...

I'd rather have teeth pulled than sit through a musical. So, I'll just have to wait on your next recommendation. [wink]

Amanda said...

Sadly, musicals aren't for everyone so I understand. Although, I wonder if the world would be a much happier place if we all enjoyed a good musical every once in awhile? Nah.