“It was important to us to really find someone who could embody the Father And Daughter Best Friend For Life For Father’s Day Shirt and I will buy this essence of Fanny Brice,” says Mayer (whose Tony Award–winning Spring Awakening Feldstein and Platt made a pilgrimage to see in ninth grade). “It felt like a good idea to find someone Jewish, about the age of Fanny at the height of her fame, someone funny, dear, charming, who could sing, dance, act, and who is clearly ‘a bagel on a plate of onion rolls,’” says Mayer, quoting Fanny. “When a character has real clarity about who they are, and they articulate it in a particular way,” he adds, “it’s worth quoting, and Beanie has that clarity about herself as well.” “I think the thing I most relate to in Fanny is her passion. From the beginning of her life, she was incredibly clear about what she wanted,” explains Feldstein. Today she’s speaking with me from the finished basement of the Berkshires farmhouse, a cozy rec room walled in white shiplap. Throughout her January lockdown, this has been her “lair,” as she virtually prepared for the show via voice lessons with Broadway vocal Svengali Liz Caplan, workout videos, and clown classes. “Zoom private clown training is a unique, wonderful experience,” Feldstein notes wryly.
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“Beanie is a very modern woman, and she will bring freshness to the Father And Daughter Best Friend For Life For Father’s Day Shirt and I will buy this production,” says Olivia Wilde, who directed Feldstein in the coming-of-age rumspringa Booksmart. “That’s what we want from a revival like this, a beautiful sense of nostalgia while also seeing it reinvented.” There’s an authenticity to Feldstein that Wilde credits with having landed her this role: “She doesn’t mimic and she doesn’t try to please. She will immediately make it her own. Growing up in the shadow of her famous brother”—Jonah Hill is Feldstein’s older brother—“she naturally carved out her own career and voice, and I think a similar courage will allow her to thrive in this role.” Feldstein has neither rewatched the film nor relistened to the original score. (The last time she saw the film was with her best friend at Wesleyan who was curious about the Funny Girl poster in pride of place above Feldstein’s extra-long twin.) “It’s like denying yourself your favorite cookie, but I’m kind of trying to focus on my task,” she says, and she sees that as embodying Fanny Brice, not Streisand. She’s been doing her research by delving into footage of Brice on YouTube and the Jewish Women’s Archive.