DAILY DOSE OF DELIGHT #16 (From FUNNY GIRL) in MAD ABOUT MUSICALS: THE HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS Posted June 29, 2018 1. How might Streisand’s performance of the song “People” have felt different in the film, had she been more theatrical and expressive, perhaps even belting her song more? If you’ll listen to the Broadway cast album from 1964, you’ll notice Streisand is singing a great deal louder mainly because in the theater you have to project a lot more energy so that the audience members sitting in the very back row of the house can hear you and feel that powerful energy; this was particularly so back then as this show pre-dates individual mics (befoe individual mics came along they had a row of microphones lined up along the perimeter of the stage and the actors had to have a loud, powerful voice so they could be heard all throughout the house). Having said all that, if Streisand had performed “People” (and all the other numbers in the film for that matter) in the same approach she had done on stage, it would’ve come across as overwhelming and maybe even obnoxious. In film, things are much more up close and personal so the actors can emote and convey feelings just as effectively ina quiet, more subdued manner. 2. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene: how do the two characters relate to each other as the lyrics are sung? Fanny sings about being lonely and needing “one person, one very special person” to feel that sense of completeness when they’ve found their soul mate. This is true of both Fanny and Nick as they both have plenty of connections with members of the opposite sex, but they haven’t really and truly made any significant connection with any of them, until they meet each other. From the moment they first meet backstage at Keeney’s Music Hall, you sense the instant attraction and the palpable electricity between them. 3. How does the direction and editing of this scene support Streisand’s performance? Be specific about blocking, reaction shots, etc. The song deals with emotions and how everyone needs a significant other in order to find a sense of completeness and happiness in life. The interesting thing is that the blocking in the scene puts Fanny and Nick several feet apart from one another, representing the distance they feel even though their obviously attracted to one another. It’s their insecurity and self-consciousness (particularly Fanny’s) that keeps them apart. But you know that Nick is treading carefully with their situation and doesn’t want to move too fast as he definitely senses Fanny’s naïveté about falling in love.