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NEW YORK – A Broadway revival of « Funny Girl » is scheduled for next year with Beanie Feldstein in the Leading role will be opened by Barbra Streisand.
The producers announced on Wednesday that Feldstein, the « Booksmart » and « Lady Bird » actor, would play Ziegfeld Follies comedian Fanny Brice in spring 2022 in a yet to be announced Broadway theater will perform.
« Funny Girl » has a score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, with a book by Isobel Lennart. This will be the 1964 musical’s first Broadway revival. Streisand won an Oscar for the film version.
WARNING: Some of you may have to sit down for it: Bway revival by FUNNY GIRL with BEANIE FELDSTEIN as Fanny Brice. Spring 2022. Directed by Michael Mayer. Revised book by Harvey Fierstein. Early word is that Feldstein has 6 more expressions than all Barrymores combined. pic.twitter.com/rz8rNl1Aud
This won’t be the first time Feldstein has tackled the role: “The first time I played Fanny Brice was at my third birthday party, in a head-up Walking leopard print outfit my mom made for me. So it’s safe to say that stepping into this iconic role on Broadway and not in my family’s backyard is really my lifelong dream, « she said in a statement.
Rumors of a » Funny Girl « revival have been circulating for years , with cast members like Idina Menzel and Lady Gaga speculated to be associated with the show. The songs include « People » and « Don’t Rain on My Parade ». Feldstein made her Broadway debut in 2017 in the Bette Midler-led revival of « Hello, Dolly! »
The new production of « Funny Girl » is being directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, who is also « Hedwig and the Angry Inch ”and“ Spring Awakening ”. It will include a revised book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.
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