Theater: On the Rue Streisand

Funny Girl. If New York were Paris, Broadway could temporarily consider renaming itself the Rue Streisand. Some stars merely brighten up a marquee; Barbra Streisand sets an entire theater ablaze. Funny Girl—the saga of famed Comedienne Fanny Brice which opened last week in Manhattan—has fireworks. Streisand has firepower.

Nothing in this newborn star quite conforms to the clichés of stardom. Her profile might have come from an ancient bas-relief found in the valley of the Nile, but her tongue is asphalt-coated in the speech patterns of Manhattan's Lower East Side. Her voice is...

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