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MDMS 2015 production – FUNNY GIRL
We have a double pass to opening night on June 12th at the Karralyka Centre

Drawn 10th June 8:00am

To enter simply send an email with your name, phone number and the answer to this question ” Name the actress playing the role as Fanny” to [email protected]

Funny Girl”, which will be brought to the stage by the Mountain District Musical Society after over a 20-year-absence from theatre in Victoria, was a smash on the stage as well as on screen, and, of course, made a star out of a kooky nightclub singer called Barbra Streisand. But, along with suppressing many of the facts of Brice’s life, Isobel Lennart’s book misrepresented her personality and style. The real Brice was an earthy, gutsy woman with a more anarchic spirit than the cool, self-consciously cute Streisand.

Fania Borach (1891-1951) was indeed born on the Lower East Side of New York until she was tapped for the Ziegfeld Follies. A trouper from the age of 14, Brice spent several years knocking around vaudeville and burlesque clubs

In her first Follies (1910), Brice used her down-to-earth personality to ridicule heroines of high culture and glamorous passion. Brice was not a comedienne but a clown – she called herself a cartoonist in flesh. When Garson Kanin, the director of the original Broadway production of Funny Girl on stage, asked two of Brice’s friends for her most outstanding characteristic, Katharine Hepburn said “elegance”, and Spencer Tracy said “sexuality”. Hepburn was referring to Brice’s professional elegance – though her gestures were large, she used only one, the perfect one, to make a point. She could have been speaking of Brice’s couture clothes or her later career.

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