FUNNY GIRL (1968) is presented as part of ECA’s Film Cabaret Series – screenings of classic films whose stunning cinematography and iconic music was made to be experienced on the big screen. Films are screened on ECA’s state-of-the-art digital cinema system and preceded by a cabaret-style happy hour (6:30 pm) featuring live performances by local artists.
One of the most popular movie musicals ever made, FUNNY GIRL (1968) follows the early career of stage comedienne Fanny Brice, a role that earned Barbra Streisand the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actress. As the film opens, only her mother believes Fanny can make it in show business. When she gets her first break at Keeney's Music Hall, her hilarious debut as a roller-skating chorus girl gets her hired as a comedienne. A year later, Fanny is working for Florenz Ziegfeld in his famous Follies and brings the house down with an outrageous and unplanned number. Fanny becomes a star, falls in love and marries Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), a handsome gambler whose luck doesn't hold up. The film's many memorable songs include "Don't Rain On My Parade" and the Streisand classic "People."
ECA’s Film Cabaret Series is generously sponsored by Cheryl Foster & Carl Zapora and Jack Loos.