Funny Girl (Musical)

  • Fanny Brice
  • Nick Arnstein
  • Mrs. Brice, Fanny's mother
  • Eddie Ryan
  • Mr. Ziegfeld
  • Mrs. Strakosh, neighbor of Mrs. Brice
  • Snub Taylor
  • Guests at Mrs. Brice
  • Fanny's theater colleagues and other

Funny Girl is a musical in two acts by Jule Styne (music) and Isobel Lennart (Book). Bob Merrill contributed the song lyrics. The work was premiered on 13 January 1964, Schubert Theatre in Boston. In New York it was the first time on March 26, 1964 Winter Garden Theatre on the stage. In some reference books, this date is known as the day of the premiere. The musical deals with a part of the biography of American actress and singer Fanny Brice.


Act I

In the background story you can see the famous Fanny Brice sitting in a dressing room before her dressing table. By the time she is called to the stage, still passes some time. In my mind it can happen back on her life.

Fanny is an ambitious young girl who has only a desire to be a star on the boards that mean the world. Her mother advises her indeed from having to go on the stage, plus it had not been blessed by nature with enough beauty, but Fanny is insistent. One day you run the comedian Eddie Ryan about the way that recognizes immediately what a great talent lies in the young lady. He offers her his help and their teacher. Every spare minute she spends with him and learn to sing, dance and play. Finally, the day on which they can reap the fruits of their labor is: A stage offers her to play the lead role in a revue. Fanny assumes thrilled and delighted the audience. After the premiere the congratulations will have no end. Among the well-wishers is also the elegant Nick Arnstein. Both are at once sympathetic.

Meanwhile, Fanny has accepted an offer from the New York producer Florenz Ziegfeld to join his troupe. After a presentation they met the second time Nick Arnstein. She invites him to go with her ​​mother. This will give the evening a party. On this occasion, the two come closer and to confess their love.

Second Act

When the Ziegfeld troupe a guest a few months later in Baltimore, Fanny and Nick Arnstein run a third time on the road. Both take this as a sign of fate and decide to marry. Fanny breaks their contract. She sits silently by the troops follows her admirer to New York. After marriage, the couple receives a villa on Long Iceland. Soon, however, regretted Fanny, what she has done. The showbiz they can not shake. Reutmütig it enters Ziegfeld under the eyes. What did she hardly thought possible, occurs: Ziegfeld forgives her and takes her again in his troop.

Nick Arnstein is happy that his wife again has a good income; for he is a player and always in need of money. Nevertheless, he has big plans. He wants to set up a casino and is looking for a business partner. And he has chosen Florenz Ziegfeld. But this seen through the dubious business and brusquely rejects from. Fanny sacrifices himself for her husband. It works like a woman possessed until it together, the lack of funds for Nick. However, Nick is not a born businessman. It invests wrong and loses. For the first time since their wedding coming Fanny doubt whether Nick is the right man for her. Nevertheless, she wants to grab him a second time with their money under the arms. Nick, however, does not want to be dependent on his wife and refuses. Now he sees his opportunity to quickly make money in a dubious stock business. He is convicted of fraud and sentenced to several years ' imprisonment. Fanny has fallen from her mother's allegations leave, they carry with themselves to blame that her husband had landed in jail.

While Fanny in her dressing room waiting for her appearance, there's a knock on the door. Come occurs Nick Arnstein, who has served his sentence. Who is now expecting the couple fall overjoyed in his arms, will be disappointed. The two have hardly anything else to say. You realize that their love has grown cold and her marriage failed. A ringing tone is signaled Fanny that she has on stage. Wordlessly, the couple breaks up.


  • If a Girl Is not Pretty ( Mrs. Strakosh, Mrs. Brice and Eddie Ryan )
  • I'm the Greatest Star ( Fanny Brice )
  • Cornet Man ( Fanny Brice and Snub Taylor with choir )
  • Who Taught Her Everything? ( Mrs. Brice and Eddie Ryan )
  • His Love Makes Me Beautiful ( Ziegfeld, Ziegfeld Girls and Fanny Brice
  • I Want to Be Seen With You Tonight ( Fanny Brice and Nick Arnstein )
  • Henry Street ( chorus)
  • People ( Fanny Brice )
  • I Am Woman ( Fanny Brice and Nick Arnstein )
  • Do not Rain on My Parade ( Fanny Brice )
  • Sadie, Sadie ( Fanny Brice and friends)
  • Find Yourself a Man ( Mrs. Strakosh, Mrs. Brice and Eddie Ryan )
  • Rat- Tat- Tat- fact ( Fanny Brice and the Ziegfeld Company)
  • Who Are You Now? ( Fanny Brice )
  • The Music That Makes Me Dance ( Fanny Brice )


Director William Wyler filmed the Musical in 1968 with Barbra Streisand in the title role and Omar Sharif as Nick Arnstein. See the main article Funny Girl (film).

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  • Jule Styne