The quality is not great, but for all those who said that no one but Streisand could ever play Fanny, here is proof you were wrong; and I say it with love as I once believed no one else could – then, Julia Murney happened. That voice. That presence. I wish there had been a complete, full revival starring Ms. Murney. And blasphemy though it is, I actually prefer her version to Ms. Streisand’s.
(P.S. For my birthday, a dear friend who knows my long obsession with Julia Murney’s talent and that I’ve never seen her in person, bought me tickets for a performance at the Kennedy Center on May 17. I am so excited to hear her live, at last.)