On Saturday night July 11th, 2009, for a one night only Benefit Performance – Steven Brinberg will be starring in Funny Girl as Barbra Streisand portraying Fanny Brice at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey with a special guest appearance by Lainie Kazan. Here is a preview of the extremely talented cast directed and choreographed by Connor Gallagher and an interview with both Brinberg and his alter ego Barbra…
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OEM: WHO OR WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST INFLUENCE?
Steven Brinberg: Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand: Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll and Lee Wiley – for their phrasing.
OEM: GREATEST FEAR?
BS: Forgetting lyrics.
OEM: GREATEST WISH?
SB: To live in a warm climate.
BS: World peace.
OEM: GREATEST INSECURITY?
BS: Forgetting lyrics.
OEM: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S STORY?
SB: The Little Prince.
OEM: IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
SB: I’d be taller…but then my act would be ruined…I’m already a little taller than Barbra!
BS: More time to do everything.
OEM: IN A WORD DEFINE SUCCESS
SB: Success (in show biz anyway) is not having to wait for the phone to ring for the next job.
BS: Success is having a honeydew melon and only eating the sweet part on the top.
OEM: IN A WORD DEFINE HAPPINESS
BS: Happy? I’d be miserable if I were happy.
OEM: WHAT WAS YOUR WORST AUDITION? FOR WHOM? FOR WHAT? DID YOU GET THE PART?
SB: Merrily We Roll Along. The chorus. Didn’t get it.
BS: The Fantasticks. Didn’t get it and later was first to record the songs.
OEM: WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST BREAK?
SB: Sondheim’s birthday concert in DC…pretty cool having him SING into my answer machine!
BS: I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE.
OEM: ULTIMATE DESTINATION?
SB: The Moon (pretend woman in the moon).
BS: The moon.
OEM: FAVORITE FOOD?
SB: Old fashioned NY-Jewish Cantonese Chinese (an endangered species).
BS: Coffee Ice Cream.
OEM: LUCKY NUMBER?
OEM: LUCKY DAY?
OEM: LUCKY CHARM?
SB: My dad’s ring, previously my grandfather’s.
BS: Any of my little white dogs from Sadie onward.
OEM: WHAT WAS THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER SAW?
SB: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
BS: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.
OEM: IF YOU HAD A BILLION DOLLARS WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT?
SB: Produce musicals on stage and screen that no one else would, like COCO and WILDCAT!
BS: I do have a billion dollars.
OEM: WHAT’S THE ONE QUESTION YOU ARE REALLY TIRED BEING ASKED?
SB: Have you ever met her and what does she think? I haven’t and I’m still not certain how much she knows about me!
BS: Are you difficult to work with?