Rachel Berry has a lot of Fanny Brice in ‘Funny Girl’. I didn’t know much about the show until a few months ago, when I discovered the movie by Barbra Streisand and I adored it. I was very surprised because I realised that Rachel, as a character, has a lot in common with Fanny Brice (who is also inspired in a real person). So, it’s not a coincidence that her first Broadway’s role is Fanny in ‘Funny Girl’.
In the show, she performs some of the most important songs of the musical, which are very popular for Barbra’s voice. Basically because she is rehearsing them or performing on the theatre, but some are parts of the story too. I think it’s great because most of the people can hear again those lovely songs or discover them for the first time, like me.
I fell in love with ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’. Was one of the hits of Rachel on the first season. Performing in the Sectionals, she sung as a solo proving everyone her extraordinary range and voice. I think everybody was so impressed with this scene, watching her nervous before, getting ready and them giving all the best.
Barbra Streisand is an inspiration for Rachel Berry, so the entire show it’s like a kind of tribute to her and Fanny Brice. Most of the songs of ‘Funny Girl’ are memorable, that’s why they are part of ‘Glee’ too, like ‘My Man’, ‘Funny Girl’, ‘I’m The Greatest Star’, ‘People’ and ‘Who Are You Now’.
‘Funny Girl’, the musical, was created by Julie Styne, Bob Merrill and Isobel Lennart. It was produced on Broadway in 1964 and in London in 1966. The main role was performed by Barbra Streisand, who played Fanny on the movie adaptation too (and won the Oscar Award for the Best Actress, shared with Katherine Hepburn). It’s a musical inspired in Fanny Brice, an actress, singer, comedian and model of New York.
I like to remember ‘Glee’ with ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’. Songs full of passion, surprising and unexpected, it’s the best legacy of the show. Usually, when the New Directions performed for the competitions, the performances were really good. But they should have prepared much better the performances on the choir room, because most of the episodes were boring because of that. So, definitely, Lea Michele and Barbra Streisand is a great combination.