Fanny convinces Eddie she has talent and he
agrees to teach her the specialty for the next
audition. She gets the job.
I just put the kids to sleep
And swept the shack,
Took my sweet man's satchel down
And watched him pack,
Don't Rain On My Parade (Reprise)
The time has returned to the opening scene, with
Fanny in her dressing room, remembering her past.
It's the day Nick gets out of prison after eighteen months.
Fanny tells Ziegfeld she's ready to give up performing
if Nick asks her. Nick arrives and tells her he thinks
they should split up. Fanny is rocked but pretends this
is what she feels also. Nick leaves, and Fanny prepares
to face the future without him:
I'll march my band out,
Find Yourself A Man
Time has passed. Fanny has given birth
to a daughter, Frances, who is now five
months old, and Fanny is going back into
the new Ziegfeld show. Eddie and
Mrs. Strakosh suggest that Fanny's
mother needs a new interest in life.
[Eddie and Mrs. Strakosh:]
Find yourself a man--
Rose Brice's Saloon on Henry Street is the center
of a block party decorated with banners congratulating
Fanny. The neighbors and party guests all sing:
No, it ain't Broadway, it's Henry Street.
Way after midnight
Lit up as bright as a lighthouse
Brighter tonight than the White House.
His Love Makes Me Beautiful
Fanny is now part of the Ziegfeld Follies. She tells
Florenz Ziegfeld she doesn't want to be in the finale
because she finds the lyrics inappropriate but
For better or for worse, "Oh Promise Me,"
Why does ev'ry bride glow ravishingly?
Within the secret heart of ev'ry bride
These are the words repeating, repeating,
I'd Rather Be Blue Over You (Than Happy With Somebody Else)
I'd rather be blue, thinking of you
I'd rather be blue over you
Than be happy with somebody else
I'm crazy about ya, without ya
For you, I'm strong
I can't do without ya
Oucha-ma-goucha, don't stay too long
I need a little ah, little ooh, little oh
If A Girl Isn't Pretty
FUNNY GIRL is the life of vaudeville comedienne Fanny Brice (1891-1951),
starting in 1910. Actually the show starts after she has become a success
on stage and flashes back to her origins. It opens in Fanny's dressing room.
She is waiting for her husband, Nick Arnstein, to return after being in prison.
She looks back to when she was a 19-year old hopeful. Her mother's poker
buddies think she's wasting her life trying to break into show business.
Fanny, when people pay good money in the the-ay-ter--
especially the male element--they want something to look at!
I'm The Greatest Star
Fanny waits for Eddie to come out of the theatre and
tries to explain that she doesn't fit into the chorus
because she's got star potential.
I've got thirty-six expressions--
Sweet as pie to tough as leather,
And that's six expressions more
Than all them Barrymores put together.
I Want To Be Seen With You Tonight
Afterwards, Ziegfeld is angry but agrees she was right
to go for the comedy. Nick Arnstein comes backstage
and wants to escort Fanny out to celebrate her opening night.
Fanny would love to go out with Nick but she's obligated to
appear at a party at her mother's saloon
People (From Funny Girl)
Fanny and Nick steal a private moment
at the party and discover they are both
a little lonely. Fanny sings:
We travel single-oh
Maybe we're lucky, but I don't know--
Just let one kid fall down
And seven mothers faint.
I guess we're both happy, but maybe--
Nick asks Flo to invest in a casino Nick
has decided to launch, but Flo's money
is tied up in his new show, so Fanny
becomes Nick's partner. Fanny is featured
in the new 1920 Ziegfeld Follies World War I
Our boys went rat-tat-tat-tat,
Act II opens with the newly wed Fanny and Nick
arriving at their home in Long Island. Fanny's
friends have prepared a surprise party for them.
Ziegfeld is there, hoping Fanny will be in his new
The Music That Makes Me Dance
Trying to help, Fanny puts up $20,000 so that Nick
can become a theatrical agent, but he sees through
her ploy and it angers and humiliates him. Desperate
for money, he agrees to participate in a fraudulent
bond deal and is arrested for embezzlement.
Fanny realizes that somehow she has driven Nick to this:
I add two and two, the most simple addition,
Then swear that the figures are lying,
I'm a much better comic than mathematician
Who Are You Now?
Nick is not in the audience for Fanny's opening night,
and she's worried, but when he makes a late appearance
at the party, she's angry at him until he tells her that a
hurricane has destroyed their casino and he's lost all
her money. Fanny doesn't think it's that big a deal, and
this makes Nick angry. Fanny doesn't understand why:
Who are you now,
Now that you're mine?
Are you something more
You Are Woman
Nick and Fanny meet up in Baltimore where
Fanny is on a tour with Ziegfeld's latest show.
They have dinner at a private dining room.
Fanny is annoyed that Nick hasn't been in
touch for ten months. Nick orders, mainly
in French, which Fanny doesn't understand.
Fanny is uneasy that Nick might make
advances in such an intimate room.
You Are Woman, I Am Man
You are woman, I am man
You are smaller, so I can be taller than
You are softer to the touch
It's a feeling, I like feeling very much
You are someone I've admired
Still our friendship
Leaves something to be desired
Does it take more explanation than this?