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re: Funny Girl 1964 vs 2022 : Streisand wasnt quite 'Streisand' when FUNNY GIRL was on Broadway ...
Posted by: Delvino 10:32 am EDT 08/09/22
In reply to: re: Funny Girl 1964 vs 2022 : Streisand wasnt quite 'Streisand' when FUNNY GIRL was on Broadway ... - NewtonUK 06:48 am EDT 08/08/22

FUNNY GIRL's cast of 43 was reduced to 22. A 14 piece orchestra replaced the original orchestra of at least 24. The brass section n Chris Walker's orchestration (and he is a great orchestartor), is 2 trumpets, a trombone, and a french horn. Originally it was 3 trumpets and 3 trombones. There are currently 3 reed players. Originally there were 5. Today one percussionist, Back then, 3. Today 2 keyboards, 2 violins, cello and bass. Then a full string section. It makes a difference.

Thanks for all of this. Those of us without the musical knowledge could only question whether it's mediocre amplification or some technical issue. I had heard the orchestra was cut down, but found the sound in the Wilson -- starting with the iconic overture -- oddly loud and yet seemingly underperformed. Now I know precisely why.
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