50 Years Funny Girl

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“People … people who need people … are the luckiest people in the world.” Fifty years ago, that song catapulted Barbra Streisand to superstardom when Funny Girl opened on Broadway. A few years later she starred in the film version (rated No. 16 on the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest Movie Musicals), and the rest is history. Now 54 Below tips its hat to the show’s fabulous Jule Styne/Bob Merrill score with a musical walk down Henry Street featuring such tunes as “Cornet Man,” “The Music That Makes Me Dance” and, of course, “People.” With musical direction by John McDaniel, some of Broadway’s best are set to lend their talent, including Ashley Brown, Carole J. Bufford, Donna Lynne Champlin, Katie Rose Clarke, Tovah Feldshuh, Natalie Douglas, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Karen Mason, Julia Murney, Molly Pope, Emily Skinner, John Tartaglia, Donna Vivino — and Mimi Hines, the dynamo who replaced Streisand and went on to play the role for over a year in the original Broadway production.

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