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STREISAND ROLE FOR SAM

THE CHICH­ESTER Fes­ti­val kicks off this year with Funny Girl, the mu­si­cal that made Bar­bra Streisand a star. Step­ping into Babs’s shoes is Sa­man­tha Spiro, who ap­peared in Mike Leigh’s Two Thou­sand Years as the bit­ter and twisted Michelle, a char­ac­ter who would have been great singing an amended ver­sion of the Funny Girl sig­na­ture tune “Peo­ple. Peo­ple who hate peo­ple…” Wil­helm Furtwän­gler, is to be re­vived along side the world pre­miere of Col­lab­o­ra­tion, about an­other mu­si­cal ge­nius, Richard Strauss, who was also none too em­pa­thetic. Har­wood, how­ever, wants to set the record straight. “I come out pretty justly for Strauss,” he says. “What peo­ple have forgotten is that Strauss had a Jewish daugh­terin-law and Jewish grand­chil­dren. They said ‘do what we tell you or your grand­chil­dren will be in dan­ger’. You tell me what you’re go­ing to do in those cir­cum­stances?”

Spiro: Funny Girl

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