Tovah Feldshuh, currently starring as Mrs. Brice in Broadway's Funny Girl at the August Wilson Theatre, celebrated her 50th anniversary on Broadway May 13 onstage with the cast of the revival. See Feldshuh mark the landmark evening at the performance's curtain call above.
The evening was 50 years to the date—May 13, 1973—since Feldshuh made her Broadway debut in Cyrano, co-starring alongside Christopher Plummer at the Palace Theatre. In the years since, Feldshuh has appeared in such shows as Dreyfus in Rehearsal, Rodgers & Hart, Irena's Vow, and Pippin; and earned Tony Award nominations for her work in Yentl, Saravá, Lend Me a Tenor, and Golda's Balcony.
See pictures from the evening below:
Feldshuh joined the cast of Funny Girl along with Glee star Lea Michele last year, and will remain with the revival through its final performance September 3. Feldshuh and Michele share the stage with Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan, Paolo Montalban as Florenz Ziegfeld, Ephie Aardema as Mrs. Nadler, Debra Cardona as Mrs. Meeker, Anne L. Nathan as Mrs. Strakosh, and Michael Mastro as Tom Keeney.
Building upon Jule Styne's original score and Bob Merrill's lyrics, Tony winner Harvey Fierstein revised the book (from Isobel Lennart's original) for this revival of the biomusical tracking real-life singer and comic Fanny Brice. From humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, Brice rose to fame and fortune onstage in the Ziegfeld Follies and as a radio and screen performer. The original 1964 production propelled a young Barbra Streisand to international fame; she reprised her stage performance in the 1968 film adaptation, winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in the process.