Watch Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, Jared Grimes, Jane Lynch, Plus Discuss Funny Girl’s ‘Magical’ Broadway Revival
Previews begin March 26 at the August Wilson Theater.
Rehearsals are currently underway for the upcoming Broadway revival of funny girl, which begins previews March 26 at the August Wilson Theater starring Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice and Tony and Olivier contestant Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein. The opening is April 24.
Members of the cast and creative team discuss the long-awaited revival in the video above. Feldstein, who is reprising the role created by Barbra Streisand, says: “funny girl is so magical. It’s the story of an actress who falls in love and finds herself… She’s a pioneer. Nothing will stop her.” Jane Lynch, who plays Mrs. Bricealso talks about his personal relationship with the musical, and choreographers Ellenore Scott and Ayodele Casel hint at what awaits audiences.
The company also includes Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan, Emmy Lynch winner as Mrs. Rosie Brice, Peter Francis James as Florenz Ziegfeld, Ephie Aardema as Emma/Mrs. Nadler, Debra Cardona as Ms. Meeker, Toni DiBuono as Ms. Strakosh, Martin Moran as Tom Keeney, and Julie Benko as Fanny Brice’s replacement.
The set is completed by Amber Ardolino, Daniel Beeman, Colin Bradbury, Kurt Thomas Csolak, Leslie Donna Flesner, Afra Hines, Masumi Iwai, Aliah James, Jeremiah James, Danielle Kelsey, Stephen Mark Lukas, Alicia Hadiya Lundgren, John Thomas Manzari, Liz McCartney, Katie Mitchell, Justin Prescott, Mariah Reives and Leslie Blake Walker.
Michael Mayer directs the first Broadway revival of the classic musical by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, with a revised book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the original book and story by Isabel Lennart. Fierstein and Mayer previously collaborated on a 2016 West End revival of the work, though this Broadway revival is a new staging.
The production also includes choreography by Ellenore Scott; tap choreography by Ayodele Casel; stage design by David Zinn; costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Kevin Adams; sound design by Brian Ronan; hair and wig design by Campbell Young Associates; orchestration by Chris Walker; dance arrangements, vocals and props by Alan Williams; additional arrangements by David Dabbon and Carmel Dean; and musical direction and supervision by Michael Rafter. Casting is by Jim Carnahan, CSA and Jason Thinger; and Sonia Friedman, Scott Landis and David Babani will produce.
The work, which originally premiered on Broadway in 1964, is a biomusical centered on Broadway and vaudeville star Fanny Brice. The original production propelled a young Barbra Streisand to international fame; she would reprise her stage performance in the 1968 film adaptation, winning an Oscar and a Golden Globe in the process. Styne and Merrill’s score introduced such standards as “I’m the Biggest Star”, “The People”, “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “The Music That Makes Me Dance”.