A restored print of Funny Girl (1968), Barbra Streisand's film debut, will reignite the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” series on Monday, Nov. 15, '10, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City.
“Monday Nights with Oscar” has been on hiatus for most of 2010 as the theater underwent major renovations.
Directed by veteran William Wyler and based on the 1964 Broadway musical that also starred Streisand, Funny Girl tells the story of Fanny Brice, the Jewish ugly duckling who became a Ziegfeld Follies star and fell in love with Omar Sharif.
A major box office hit at the time, Funny Girl earned a total of eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Tellingly, William Wyler – whose 12 nominations in the Best Director category remain unmatched – was left out. In truth, Wyler had done much better work elsewhere, e.g., These Three, Wuthering Heights, The Letter, The Little Foxes, The Heiress, etc.
Isobel Lennart wrote both the Broadway book and the screenplay adaptation. Harry Stradling was responsible for the excellent color cinematography.
Tickets for Funny Girl are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org or by mail (a printable order form is available in the Events & Exhibitions section of the website).
Tickets may also be purchased at the box office prior to the event (subject to availability). All seating is unreserved.
The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For more information, visit www.oscars.org or call (212) 821-9251.
Photo: Courtesy of AMPAS