Beanie Feldstein has revealed she received a letter from Barbra Streisand after taking on her role in the first-ever Broadway revival of Funny Girl.
Streisand, 79, originally played legendary comedienne Fanny Brice in the 1964 Broadway production and the 1968 film that followed. This role earned him his very first Oscar.
speaking on The Late Show with Stephen ColbertBeanie, 28, described receiving a letter from Barbra herself the day before her very first preview of the show.
‘It was a really beautiful and touching thing’: Beanie Feldstein revealed she received a letter from Barbra Streisand after taking on her role in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl
The Impeachment actress says the letter will “forever” sit on her table as she prepares.
“I was in my dressing room the day before the first preview and I got a letter that said ‘For Beanie’ on it. I opened it and it was from Barbra Streisand,” Beanie explained.
“I’ve never met her before and she was a truly beautiful and touching thing that I will keep by my side at my table to prepare forever.”
Beanie clearly couldn’t get over the fact that she had received a letter from Barbra, once again gushing, “It’s from Barbra Streisand, Steve!”
Iconic: Streisand, 79, originally played legendary comedienne Fanny Brice in the 1964 Broadway production and the 1968 film that followed. The role earned him his very first Oscar
“It’s from Barbra Streisand, Steve!” Feldstein still couldn’t get over the fact that she received a letter from the showbiz icon
Asked about her writing, Beanie said, “Gorgeous, gorgeous, I mean, it’s Barbra Streisand!” It is exactly what you think it is!
Funny Girl presents a fictional account of Fanny’s rise to power in the 1910s and her marriage to Frances’ father, con man Nicky Arnstein. The production of Beanie held its first preview on March 26 and will officially open on April 24.
For her first Broadway show as a lead, Barbra worked with composer Jule Styne, lyricist Bob Merrill, writer Isobel Lennart and director Garson Kanin.
She had previously starred on the Broadway show I Can Get It For You Wholesale and cut a few albums, but it was Funny Girl that made her a superstar.
The score produced one of his most enduring hits – People – which became the title track of his album that knocked The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night out of number one.
Legendary role: The production of Beanie held its first preview on March 26 and will officially open on April 24
When the show opened on Broadway it became a smash hit and received an enthusiastic response for her performance which she also took to London.
Barbra starred alongside Charlie Chaplin’s son, Sydney, with whom she had an affair midway through her marriage to her first husband, Elliott Gould.
Her castmates at the Winter Garden Theater for the original Broadway run also included Kay Medford who played Fanny’s mother.
The New York Times said the show “sometimes oozes a thick helping of sticky sentimentality”, but praised the leading lady: “Since Fanny herself cannot be brought back, the best thing to do is blackmail Barbra Streisand, strut your stuff, and go. through comic routines à la Brice.
Coming Soon: Although the film spawned a very killer sequel called Funny Lady in 1975, the series has never been revived on the Great White Way before.
Barbra and Kay reprized their roles for the film, which brought together old Hollywood stalwarts like director William Wyler and cinematographer Harry Stradling.
Her leading man in the film was Omar Sharif, with whom she also had an affair – and with whom she sparked a scandal when a photo of one of their kisses staged for the film was made public in 1967. the year of the Six Days. War between Egypt and Israel.
The film was the biggest hit of 1968, with Roger Ebert writing, “The trouble with Funny Girl is almost anything but Barbra Streisand”. She is magnificent.
Although the film led to a critical sequel called Funny Lady in 1975, the series has never been revived on the Great White Way before.
A Broadway revival was attempted in 2011 with Lauren Ambrose as Fanny, but was ultimately scrapped due to fundraising issues.
However, in 2015 and 2016, a London production with Sheridan Smith in the title role managed to become a smash hit.
The show moved from a limited engagement at the Menier Chocolate Factory to a longer run at the Savoy Theater which was later extended by popular demand.
Beanie’s new revival will see her star alongside Ramin Karimloo who played the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ill-fated Phantom Of The Opera sequel Love Never Dies.
Ramin, who also starred in Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera himself in the West End, will play Nicky.
Based on a true story: Funny Girl presents a fictional account of Fanny’s rise to fame in the 1910s and her marriage to Frances’ father, con man Nicky Arnstein.