Broadway veteran and Tony Winner Lillias White sings showstopper “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl (1964) with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill. This performance was featured in the Second Annual Benefit Concert for the Actors’ Fund on September 23rd, 2002, which played at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The cast included 13 different actresses taking turns playing the leading role of Fanny Brice, they included: Carolee Carmello, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Ana Gasteyer, Jane Krakowski, Judy Kuhn, LaChanze, Ricki Lake, Andrea Martin, Idinia Menzel, Julia Murney, and Bebe Neuwirth. The benefit was directed by Peter Flynn and co-choreographed by Devanand N. Janki and Robert Tatad.
The New Amsterdam Theatre was a perfect choice for the benefit which is based on the life of comedian Fanny Brice, a headliner in the famous Ziegfeld Follies which moved to the New Amsterdam in 1913.
Lillias White’s Selected Broadway Credits Fela! (2009) The Life (1997) Chicago (1996) How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995) Once on this Island (1990) Dreamgirls (1981, 1987 Revival) Barnum (1980)
always worth reblogging because GODDAMN. What I appreciate most of all about White’s performance (and there’s a lot to appreciate) is how decisively she alternates between the high and low notes in the final “is gonna rain on my” (as opposed to taking it all up, which bothers me for whatever reason).