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revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?

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revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#0
Posted: 11/24/05 at 10:54am
I was just thinking how AMAZING Sutton Foster would be in Funny Girl. What do you think? She was awesome in the benefit concert!!! And she definitely has the comedic sense for the role.... I think she would be phenominal. that would be awesome!!!!
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#1
Posted: 11/24/05 at 10:56am
I believe Sutton has gone on record as saying that she isn't interested in doing revivals at this stage of her career.

I agree that she'd be good, but as much as I love Sutton I agree with the thoughts that Stephanie J. Blook would be phenominal and the best choice.
Updated On: 11/24/05 at 10:56 AM
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#2
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:06am
As brilliant a performer as Sutton is, she is not right for Fanny. She's got more Mary Tyler Moore in her than "lower east side."

I'm so glad she's in Drowsy Chaperone though. She has already found her next big hit show, so never fear for Sutton.
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#3
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:08am
Yes, "The Drowsy Chaperone" is wonderful. As soon as I get back in to LA and get settled back in from vacation, I am going to spend some time getting caught up on that Spoiler thread.
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#4
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:10am
no, wrong for funny girl, sorry. and i love her more than life.
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#5
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:12am
Julie Andrews is more Jewish then Sutton Foster...
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#6
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:13am
broadwayman---I happen to agree with you--I think Sutton would be fabulous as Fanny Brice---Her comedic skills, timing and voice are perfect. (I haven't seen Stephanie Block perform, so I can't compare)
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#7
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:17am
Stephanie isn't exactly from the shtetl either... but she fits the part of Fanny better (not the real Fanny... Streisand herself was nothing like the real Fanny), and I can see Stephanie adding in enough of the "lower east side" flavor. For Sutton, it would be like a bad-fitting shoe.

Stephanie would truly shine in this part. My first choice, as well.
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#8
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:18am
Ummm...Have any of you ever SEEN a picture of Fanny Brice? Google her and then mention Sutton for the role. Dare ya.
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#9
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:21am
When FUNNY GIRL was still in the planning stages, the role was offered to Carol Burnett who famously noted "You really need a Jewish girl for this." Carol is STILL right.

Actually, what I'd love to see Sutton do (and if DROWSY comes to Broadway, I don't know if she could manage it) is to play Louise in Patti Lupone's Ravinia GYPSY.
"Christ, Bette Davis?!?!"
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#10
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:24am
Yes, I've seen Fanny Brice. She was under contact to MGM for a while and appeared in many films there.

HOWEVER... this is a musical called Funny Girl, with a character named Fanny Brice. It's not an impersonation show. Streisand was criticized in the original run for being nothing like the real Fanny.

For that matter, if you want a "real" Annie Oakley in Annie Get You Gun, you'd better cast Kathy Bates... who looks more like Annie than anyone who's actually played the part. (Actually, Ernest Borgnine is a dead ringer.)

Same thing with Gypsy. The leads don't look or act anything like the real people.

The point is, this is a theatrical interpretation of their life, not a Tussaud recreation.
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#11
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:33am
Not a recreation, okay - though in this specific show, so much emphasis is put on Fanny's looks, so you can't really compare it to Gypsy. She has to at least look Jewish...And be able to sing "If A Girl Isn't Pretty" and mean it. I love Sutton to death, but she is not right for this role.
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#12
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:35am
BwayLover --- We're in agreement. Sutton is not right, because I can't see her capturing the essence of Fanny (the character).

I'm not worried about Fanny (the real person). We'll leave that to impersonators, etc.

I CAN see Stephanie Block capturing the essence of Fanny in Funny Girl. She'd be terrific.
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#13
Posted: 11/24/05 at 11:54am
Leslie Kritzer!
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#14
Posted: 11/24/05 at 12:14pm
Seconding Leslie Kritzer...She was PERFECT in the role.
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#15
Posted: 12/10/05 at 4:47pm
i still think she would be great at it...
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#16
Posted: 12/10/05 at 4:51pm
Again, I saw Sutton in "Little Women" and was just totally unimpressed. Everyone raves about her, so I was really looking forward to seeing something amazing. I walked out saying, "THAT'S what everyone is talking about???!!!" Maybe it was the show, maybe she was just in a blah mood because it was closing the next night. Despite all that, she's just ALL kinds of wrong for Fanny Brice. I'd see Shoshana Bean in that role before her...

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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#17
Posted: 12/10/05 at 4:53pm
it was the show, it was pretty corny, and cheesy, and couldnt allow her to express her full levels of talent...
my opinion though!
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#18
Posted: 12/10/05 at 4:59pm
It's really hard to take this board seriously sometime. HA But you guys are entertaining... can't wait to see what threads you come up with next!
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#19
Posted: 12/10/05 at 5:13pm
Ever since I saw sutton sing "I'm the Greatest Star," I thought she'd be a perfect Fanny.
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#20
Posted: 12/10/05 at 5:28pm
I have to agree with best and lover
Sutton is very talented but is just not a good fit to play Fanny Brice the character
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#21
Posted: 12/11/05 at 12:19am
Sutton is very vanilla American girl. She would sing the score quite well, yes. I've never heard a better "I'm the Greatest Star" than her's at the benefit concert a few years back. But all in all, she's not the right gal for the show.
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re: revive Funny Girl w/ Sutton Foster?#22
Posted: 12/11/05 at 12:38am
Sutton Foster would be wonderful in this show, however at this stage in her career I doubt it could happen. If this show is revived it will be one hell of an expensive show to produce and in this day and age that means you need a NAME to put above that marquee to get people in and get your money back. While Foster might be known in the theatre community, and yes the name of the show is also quite recognizable, it still wouldn't be enough to guarantee a hit.