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Beanie Feldstein’s Funny Girl gets mixed reviews from Broadway critics: ‘Awkward and silly’

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Beanie Feldstein’s performance in the Broadway stage revival of Funny girl has divided critics in its first reviews.

That book smart The actor plays the central character Fanny Brice in the classic musical – a role Barbra Streisand created in 1964 and then reprized in the 1968 film version.

The production, which is running at the August Wilson Theater in Manhattan, also stars Ramin Karimloo as Nicky Arnstein and Jane Lynch as Mrs Brice.

Although his opening night performance on Sunday (April 24) received a standing ovation from the audience, reviews from media critics were mixed.

vultureThe reviewer mentioned Feldstein’s singing voice as a shortcoming for the production.

Helen Shaw wrote: “Song after song, Feldstein’s voice fails her. Piercing and uncomfortable when it goes higher than her chest, fading and shrill when it goes down even a few steps, it’s just not a sound you’d expect on Broadway.”

for diversitythe actor’s vocal talents were also a concern, as was Feldstein’s ability to charm audiences.

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“To understand Fanny’s character in any emotional way, it takes an actress of extraordinary charm, maturity and finesse,” wrote Frank Rizzo. “Oh and [to] Sing the hell out of the score. Feldstein’s Fanny is a woman-child with big eyes, sometimes stubborn, awkward and silly.”

for The guardFeldstein’s cast is one that “makes sense on paper,” with the reviewer praising her comedic skills.

“Her crisp comedic timing works well with the show’s slapstick gags and Fanny’s avant-garde Klutz; Her deep brown, saucer-sized eyes effectively project a real human on and off the metastage,” wrote Adrian Horton.

although The New York Times Calling Feldstein good but “not amazing,” the outlet’s critic reserves most of her criticism for the show’s book and not its performance. According to Jesse Green, “It bites off more than it can chew and then, at least in Michael Mayer’s production, repeatedly refuses to chew it.”

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