‘Funny Girl’ the Musical Revival
I shall be designing, in collaboration with the Araca Group, an apparel collection for the Broadway revival of 1964′s Funny Girl starring Barbra Streisand‘s nose. This musical hasn’t seen the light of day since the late 1960s. Funny Girl comes back to Broadway in the Post-Modern era we live in of just re-hashing the old over and over and over. Why create new ideas, plots and plays when the ideas that people came up with decades ago are already
money-making machines perfect?
Any who, the first step is RESEARCH, specially for a humongotor two-month design project like this. TWO MONTHS?! That’s not problem for design; I know designers who work on one project or website year-round. I can survive that. The problem here in lies in the fact that I do not like musicals. Even in Disney movies as a kid, when people broke into song for absolutely no reason whatsoever, I would look around to see if any one else was thinking “we don’t do that in our daily lives…how would I know the words to a song you’re making up on the spot?” What’s worse, within the realm of fantastical musicals, this particular musical starred none other than the beautiful, super-talented likes of Ms. Barbra Streisand.
Skipping specifics, the movie is two-and-a-half hours of singing and dancing; it’s the rags-to-riches story of Fanny Brice’s [Barbra Streisand] rise to acting stardom. She starts off poor and ugly; ends up rich, famous, and ugly. Fanny brice gets casted as a comedienne on a stage show and blows up like Cocoa Puffs. Some rich’n'handsome Gentile falls in love with her, and they get married. Little does Fanny Brice know, the man has a gambling addiction. Long story short, don’t waste your time watching Funny Girl.
So what should I do? An apparel collection based on an extremely dull musical/film is due in two months. For the most part, this is my next eight weeks of creative juices and keep-the-coffee-coming-to-relieve-boredomnessness. Easy-Peezy! Create an apparel collection of clothes I would wear and think is cool’n'hip regardless of it being based on Barbra Streisand.
Expect some spankin’ new apparel designs and souvenirs based mostly on the big glitz’n'glam musical numbers from Funny Girl.
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