Barbra Streisand as Miss Marmelstein in the musical "I Can Get It For Your Wholesale" (1962). When she auditioned for her first Broadway show, Streisand told CBS News' Anthony Mason, she asked for a chair. "One of the reasons I want to sit in the chair is 'cause I'm nervous. But the other reason is, I see if she's a secretary, she's gonna sing a song, it might be very funny if she rolls around in a secretarial chair."
Streisand got the part, but on the first day of rehearsal she was told the choreography for her big solo would be quite different - no chair. "And I said, 'Oh, I thought you liked my chair.' And they said, 'No, no, that was good for the audition. But now we're gonna stage it.' And I thought, I really tried hard, but I guess I didn't cut it. I didn't understand [the staging] from a truthful point of view. And Arthur Laurents kept saying to me, 'You're never gonna make it because you're so undisciplined.'"
During out-of-town tryouts, though, Streisand's insight into the character won out. "They said to me, 'Oh, do it in your damn chair!' And it stopped the show." Producer David Merrick put her picture - in the chair - on the outside of the theater ... and Streisand earned a Tony Award nomination.