Matt Howe's great Streisand site, Barbra Archive, has information about the filming of My Man from Funny Girl. See 3/4 down the page for info about My Man.
Thanks for the link. I will definitely add it to my bookmarks. I see where there is still room for debate about which recording is in the final cut of the movie, the new recording from “live” takes on the movie sound stage that day or from a previous recording. It starts by stating that “she sang live” with a clarification by Jack Solomon that, “The second half of the song, after the master shot, is dubbed”, suggesting Barbra re-recorded the second half, dubbed it in a subsequent recording session.
Later in the article, columnist Joyce Haber, reports, “Barbra had insisted on a “live” take of the song, which is unusual, because she thought her pre-recording too “theatrical”, not sufficiently “emotion-charged” for the movie.” Haber then recounts a “live” recorded moment, ““It cost me a lot, but there’s one thing that I’ve got, my man,” moving lithely, like a tiger, expressively, like the greatest star.” Of course, this is a section of the song that doesn’t appear in the final cut of the movie. Was Haber mis-remembering which part of the song Barbra was singing during the moment she wanted to mention in her report? Probably just edited out for the final cut. When Haber cites the pre-recording Barbra thought too "theatrical", I assume she means a new recording Barbra had made for the movie but now didn't think was right for the scene. But I suppose she also could be referring to the 1964 recording..?
So it still is not clear from the recounting of it by Solomon and Haber whether Barbara got her wish not to use a pre-recording of the song (including the 1964 recording?), because she thought it too “theatrical” or was it “dubbed” with a brand new recording after the scene was shot.
To me, the movie’s vocal track in that second half of the song sounds identical to the 1964 recording.
On a side note, I re-watched Funny Girl a couple of weeks ago and was struck for the first time in umpteen viewings of one of my favorite movies by the predominance of crowd scenes behind the opening credits. There are several shots of large crowds behind those credits, nicely setting up the fashion, architecture, street scenes and atmosphere of the era in which the story takes place. But it also introduces and beautifully sets up something else important to this story. Those crowds are, after all, the third “character” in the love triangle involving Nick, Fanny and her audience. Those crowd scenes help give meaning to the post-credits scene where Fanny “machine-guns” the audience inhabiting her mind in the empty theater, threatening as they are on this particular night to their arch rival for her attentions, Nick. It is why, imo, the book-end songs in the movie, I’m The Greatest Star > My Man, are thematically better than the finale song in the Broadway show (which I also like as a song).
When she sings My Man, particularly the talk-singing part in the first half, Barbra’s face, body and voice show all the turmoil, the conflict, the back-to-the-wall, heart-wrenching decision Fanny has to make and is about to make regarding these two rival loves of her life. The fact that, after the decision has been made, the audience remains silent and unseen in their morally ambiguous victory over Fanny’s emotional life is perfect, painful, haunting.