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“Hello, Gorgeous.” Our Love Makes Beanie Feldstein Beautiful!

I went to see the new Broadway revival of Funny Girl on April 23, which put me at the last matinee performance on the final day of previews…

Then, after Funny Girl opened the next day and all the reviews started coming in, I asked myself: What show did these critics see?

When I went into the theater, I was already a big Beanie Feldstein fan.… read more.

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Julie Benko Triumphs as Standby Fanny Brice in ‘Funny Girl’

Guest Post by Mara Sandroff

Since the official opening of the long-awaited Broadway revival of Funny Girl on April 24th – the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl ever after over fifty years – the theatre community has spent significant energy debating Beanie Feldstein’s performance as Fanny Brice (the starring role).… read more.

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My Gift to Babs: My Abiding Love for YENTL

April 24, 2022: Today is Barbra Streisand’s 80th Birthday and I have something very special to share.

From “Tzivi’s March ’09 Spotlight” in Chicago’s JUF News

Barbra Streisand’s Yentl has just been re-released in a brand new 25th anniversary DVD box set. Although much maligned over the years, Yentl is a great and heartfelt work of cinematic art, and I urge you all to watch it again with fresh eyes in celebration of Women’s History Month.… read more.

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Delia Kropp Brings Trans Characters to Life On Screen & Stage

On this day in 2016 at the Rivendell Theater, Delia Kropp became the first transgender actress to portray a trans character for a major Chicago stage production!

She acted in Raggedy And, a comedic play by David Valdes Greenwood about the selection of a poet for the inauguration of America’s first female president. read more.

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Gavin Larsen on the Agony & Ecstasy of Being a Ballerina

FF2 Guest Post by Martha Anne Toll

I spent long years tilling the writing vineyards before my debut novel, Three Muses, found its home with Regal House Publishing. (See link below!)

Having written a prima ballerina as a main character, I made it my business to read ballet books, particularly before and after I wrote my novel.… read more.

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Cat Power’s Third Cover Album is a Personal Journey

Today is the birthday of Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall – best-known by her stage name “Cat Power.” And, to celebrate, I’m excited to write about her latest album.

The first Cat Power song I ever listened to was Chan’s cover of The Velvet Underground’s song “I Found a Reason.”… read more.

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