92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists salutes the original “funny girl,” Fanny Brice from May 3 through 5. Joining the cast in her L&L debut is one of today’s most delightful Broadway funny girls—Faith Prince. Below, the Tony Award winner opens up about some of her funniest on-stage moments and more.
Fanny could do comedy one moment, pathos the next. What’s your favorite torch song?
"What Did I Have That I Don’t Have" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
What’s your favorite comedic song?
"The Boy From…" from The Mad Show.
To see such a funny lady sing torch songs surprised many. What surprise/unknown/underused talent do you have?
Finding great real estate.
In Funny Girl, Fanny stuffs a pillow under her dress. What was the funniest/most unexpected thing to happen to you on stage?
During my performance as Ursula on Broadway’s The Little Mermaid, the apparatus didn’t hook properly and the tentacles flew off in the middle of a song, so I improvised with what I had left.
Who’s your favorite comic, past or present?
Red Skelton Carol Burnett Barbara Harris
What artist(s) from the past would you like to have performed with?
Dean Martin Jack Benny
What artist of today would you like to perform with whom you haven’t yet?
What was your first professional gig?
My first gig was for an off-Broadway show, Scrambled Feet, at the Village Gate.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you do?
I would be a psychologist.