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Beanie Feldstein recreates Barbra Streisand’s iconic ‘Hello, gorgeous’ moment in Funny Girl trailer


Beanie Feldstein recreated Barbra Streisand’s iconic ‘Hello, gorgeous’ moment from Funny Girl in a sneak peek for the upcoming revival.

Barbra played legendary comedienne Fanny Brice in both the 1964 original Broadway cast of the show and the 1968 movie for which she won an Oscar.

Now the musical is getting its first-ever Broadway revival – and the new trailer that dropped Thursday was strikingly reminiscent of the film’s opening scene.

‘I reiterate…’: Beanie Feldstein recreated Barbra Streisand’s iconic ‘Hello, gorgeous’ moment from Funny Girl in a sneak peek for the Broadway revival

The greatest star: Now the musical is getting its first ever revival with Beanie in the lead - and the new trailer was strikingly reminiscent of the film's opening scene (pictured)

The greatest star: Now the musical is getting its first ever revival with Beanie in the lead – and the new trailer was strikingly reminiscent of the film’s opening scene (pictured)

When Barbra won her Oscar for the movie she looked at the trophy onstage and said: ‘Hello, gorgeous,’ getting a huge laugh as the line was already famous. 

The opening scene of Funny Girl shows Fanny Brice entering a Broadway house while draped in a coat and then catching her reflection in the mirror.

‘Hello, gorgeous,’ she says with a slightly rueful smile, having been told at the beginning of her career that she was too much of an ugly duckling to be a star.

In Beanie’s trailer as well as in the film the audience hears high-heeled shoes clanking across the floor as Fanny arrives in front of the mirror.

In all of the world so far: When Barbra won her Oscar for the movie she looked at the trophy onstage and said: 'Hello, gorgeous,' getting a huge laugh as the line was already famous

In all of the world so far: When Barbra won her Oscar for the movie she looked at the trophy onstage and said: ‘Hello, gorgeous,’ getting a huge laugh as the line was already famous

No axe to grind: The opening scene of Funny Girl shows Fanny Brice entering a Broadway house while draped in a coat and then catching her reflection in the mirror

No axe to grind: The opening scene of Funny Girl shows Fanny Brice entering a Broadway house while draped in a coat and then catching her reflection in the mirror

When you're gifted: 'Hello, gorgeous,' she says with a slightly rueful smile, having been told at the beginning of her career that she was too much of an ugly duckling to be a star

When you’re gifted: ‘Hello, gorgeous,’ she says with a slightly rueful smile, having been told at the beginning of her career that she was too much of an ugly duckling to be a star

I am the beautiful reflection: In Beanie's trailer as well as in the film the audience hears high-heeled shoes clanking across the floor as Fanny arrives in front of the mirror

I am the beautiful reflection: In Beanie’s trailer as well as in the film the audience hears high-heeled shoes clanking across the floor as Fanny arrives in front of the mirror

The first time her face is shown in full is her reflection in the glass, prompting her to utter the line that has become the best-remembered in the musical. 

Beanie’s new sneak peek is underscored by the vamp from the show’s big first act closing number – the hard-charging song Don’t Rain On My Parade.

The intertitles read: ‘They told her she’d never be on Broadway, they told her she’d never be a star, then something funny happened.’ 

Funny Girl was a passion project for its producer Ray Star who was married to the late Fanny Brice’s daughter Frances Arnstein.

Here I am: The first time her face is shown in full is her reflection in the glass, prompting her to utter the line that has become the best-remembered in the musical

Here I am: The first time her face is shown in full is her reflection in the glass, prompting her to utter the line that has become the best-remembered in the musical

Eye on the target: Beanie's new sneak peek is underscored by the vamp from the show's big first act closing number - the hard-charging song Don't Rain On My Parade

Eye on the target: Beanie’s new sneak peek is underscored by the vamp from the show’s big first act closing number – the hard-charging song Don’t Rain On My Parade

Oughtta have a sense of humor: The intertitles read: 'They told her she'd never be on Broadway, they told her she'd never be a star, then something funny happened'

Oughtta have a sense of humor: The intertitles read: ‘They told her she’d never be on Broadway, they told her she’d never be a star, then something funny happened’

The show presented a fictionalized account of Fanny’s rise to fame in the 1910s and her marriage to Frances’ father, the con man gambler Nicky Arnstein.

For her first Broadway show as a lead Barbra was working with composer Jule Styne, lyricist Bob Merrill, book writer Isobel Lennart and director Garson Kanin.

She had already been a showstopper in 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.

Forever more: Barbra reprised her stage role for the movie, which assembled Old Hollywood stalwarts like director William Wyler and cinematographer Harry Stradling

Forever more: Barbra reprised her stage role for the movie, which assembled Old Hollywood stalwarts like director William Wyler and cinematographer Harry Stradling 

And BAM: The revival will open next April at the August Wilson Theatre under the direction of Michael Mayer who won a Tony for the original run of Spring Awakening.

And BAM: The revival will open next April at the August Wilson Theatre under the direction of Michael Mayer who won a Tony for the original run of Spring Awakening. 

The score produced one of her most enduring hits – People – which became the title song of her album that dislodged the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night from number one.

When the show opened on Broadway it became a smash hit and received a rapturous response for her performance which she also took to London.

Barbra played opposite Charlie Chaplin’s son Sydney – with whom she had an affair amid her marriage to her first husband Elliott Gould.

Stick around for the jokes: The show presented a fictionalized account of Fanny's rise to fame in the 1910s; Fanny is pictured in a publicity still for the Ziegfeld Follies in 1911

Stick around for the jokes: The show presented a fictionalized account of Fanny’s rise to fame in the 1910s; Fanny is pictured in a publicity still for the Ziegfeld Follies in 1911

Her castmates at the Winter Garden Theatre for the original Broadway run also included Kay Medford who played Fanny’s mother.

The New York Times said the show occasionally ‘oozes with the a thick helping of sticky sentimentality’ but raved about the leading lady: ‘Since Fanny herself cannot be brought back, the next best thing is to get Barbra Streisand to sing and strut and go through comic routines a la Brice.’

Barbra and Kay reprised their roles for the movie, which assembled Old Hollywood stalwarts like director William Wyler and cinematographer Harry Stradling.

Her leading man in the movie was Omar Sharif, with whom she also had an affair – and with whom she set off a scandal when a still of one of their staged kisses for the film went public in 1967, the year of the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel. 

The music that makes me dance: Barbra is pictured onstage in the original production of Funny Girl - the project that made her a superstar

The music that makes me dance: Barbra is pictured onstage in the original production of Funny Girl – the project that made her a superstar 

The movie was top grosser of 1968, with Roger Ebert writing: ‘The trouble with Funny Girl is almost everything except Barbra Streisand. She is magnificent.’

Barbra won a best actress Oscar, memorably looking at her trophy onstage and repeating her iconic opening line in the film: ‘Hello, gorgeous.’

Although the movie led to a critically savaged 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 ultimately scrapped over problems raising money.

Sadie, Sadie, married lady: Her leading man in the movie was Omar Sharif, who played Fanny's first husband, the con man gambler Nicky Arnstein

Sadie, Sadie, married lady: Her leading man in the movie was Omar Sharif, who played Fanny’s first husband, the con man gambler Nicky Arnstein

However in 2015 and 2016 a London production with Sheridan Smith in the title role did manage to become a runaway success.

The show went from a limited engagement at the Menier Chocolate Factory to a longer run at the Savoy Theatre that was then extended by popular demand.

Beanie’s new revival will see her play opposite Ramin Karimloo who played the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ill-fated Phantom Of The Opera sequel Love Never Dies.

Ramin, who has also played in Les Miserables and The Phantom Of The Opera itself in the West End, will be playing Nicky.

When you’re gifted then you’re gifted: Barbra won a best actress Oscar, memorably looking at her trophy onstage and repeating her iconic opening line in the film: ‘Hello, gorgeous’

Meanwhile Jane Lynch who rose to national prominence on the musical TV show Glee will feature in the cast as Fanny’s mother.

The show will open next April at the August Wilson Theatre under the direction of Michael Mayer who won a Tony for the original run of Spring Awakening.

Beanie already has Broadway experience under her belt, having played Minnie Faye in the Hello, Dolly! revival starring Bette Midler.

Incidentally it was Carol Channing in the original production of Hello, Dolly! who beat out Barbra for a Tony for Funny Girl – only for Barbra to get her revenge half a decade later by landing the role of Dolly in the movie adaptation.

I gotta try once, I gotta fly once: In 2015 and 2016 a London production with Sheridan Smith in the title role did manage to become a runaway success

I gotta try once, I gotta fly once: In 2015 and 2016 a London production with Sheridan Smith in the title role did manage to become a runaway success



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