Beanie Feldstein revealed that she received a letter from Barbra Streisand after taking on her role in the first Broadway revival ever of Funny Girl.
Streisand, 79, originally played the legendary comedian Fanny Brice in both the 1964 Broadway production and the subsequent 1968 film. The role gave her her very first Oscar.
Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Beanie, 28, described receiving a letter from Barbra herself the night before her very first preview of the show.
‘It was a really beautiful, touching thing’: Beanie Feldstein revealed that 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 ‘forever’ stays on her desk while she gets ready.
‘I was in my locker room the night before the first preview and I got a post and it just said “For Beanie” on it. I opened it and it was from Barbra Streisand, ‘Beanie explained.
‘I’ve never met her before and it was a really beautiful, touching thing that I want to have by my side at my table and get ready forever.’
Beanie clearly could not get over the fact that she had been sent a letter from Barbra, which once again cascaded: ‘It’s from Barbra Streisand, Steve!’
Iconic: Streisand, 79, originally played the legendary comedian Fanny Brice in both the 1964 Broadway production and the subsequent 1968 film. The role earned her her very first Oscar
‘It’s from Barbra Streisand, Steve!’ Feldstein still could not get over the fact that she had received a letter from the showbiz icon
When asked about her handwriting, Beanie raved: ‘Beautiful, amazing, I mean it’s Barbra Streisand! That’s exactly what you’re supposed to think! ‘
Funny Girl presents a fictional story about Fanny’s rise to fame in the 1910s and her marriage to Frances’ father, the swindler Nicky Arnstein. Beanie’s production held its first preview on March 26 and officially opens on April 24.
For her first Broadway starring role, Barbra worked with composer Jule Styne, lyricist Bob Merrill, book author Isobel Lennart and director Garson Kanin.
She had already been a showstopper 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 her most enduring hits – People – which became the title song on her album that moved the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night from number one.
Legendary role: Beanie’s production held its first preview on March 26 and officially opens on April 24
When the show opened on Broadway, it became a huge hit and received a rave response for her performance, which she also took to London.
Barbra played opposite Charlie Chaplin’s son Sydney – with whom she had an affair in the middle of her marriage to her first husband Elliott Gould.
Her appearances in the Winter Garden Theater for the original Broadway race also included Kay Medford, who played Fanny’s mother.
The New York Times said the show occasionally ‘exudes a thick dose of sticky sentimentality’, but raved about the lead lady: ‘Since Fanny herself can not be brought back, the next best thing is to get Barbra Streisand to sing and strut and go through comics a la Brice. ‘
Coming Soon: Although the film led to a critically acclaimed sequel called Funny Lady in 1975, the show has never been revived on the Great White Way before.
Barbra and Kay repeated their roles in the film, which brought together old Hollywood stand-bys as director William Wyler and film photographer 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 still image of one of their staged kisses for the film was released in 1967, the six-day year. War between Egypt and Israel.
The film was the biggest gross in 1968, with Roger Ebert writing: ‘The problem with Funny Girl is almost everything except Barbra Streisand. She is magnificent. ‘
Although the film led to a critically acclaimed sequel called Funny Lady in 1975, the show has never been revived on the Great White Way before.
A Broadway revival was attempted in 2011 with Lauren Ambrose as Fanny, but was eventually scrapped due to problems raising money.
But in 2015 and 2016, a London production starring Sheridan Smith in the title role managed to become a runaway success.
The show went from a limited engagement at the Menier Chocolate Factory to a longer run at the Savoy Theater, which was then expanded to popular demand.
Beanie’s new revival will see her play opposite Ramin Karimloo, who starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fateful Phantom Of The Opera sequel Love Never Dies.
Ramin, who has also starred in Les Miserables and The Phantom Of The Opera itself 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, actor Nicky Arnstein.