While less known than some of his contemporaries, songwriter Jule Styne wrote over 1500 songs in his 50-year career, spanning the history of the American songbook and beyond. Styne began his career playing in house bands in 1920’s Chicago speakeasies, then went on to write songs for classic Hollywood films, hits for Frank Sinatra and Broadway musicals for Carol Channing, Judy Holliday, Ethel Merman and Barbra Streisand. This series will explore the trajectory of Styne’s career, and elaborate and expand upon the world he inhabited. The third session will focus on his relationship with Barbra Streisand, creating her career defining role, “Funny Girl”. (See related classes, #480 and 522)