No one goes to rain on Beanie Feldstein’s parade.
The “Booksmart” star will play Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl,” giving the actress a possibility to place her personal spin on the position that launched Barbra Streisand’s profession and have become synonymous with the appearing legend. It’s additionally the primary time that the musical has been revived on Broadway because it wrapped its run nearly six many years in the past. It comes after an earlier try and revive “Funny Girl” in 2012, with Lauren Ambrose taking part in Fanny Brice and Bobby Cannavale as her husband Nicky Arnstein, collapsed when traders pulled out.
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The new manufacturing will probably be directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) with performances set to start in spring 2022 at a Broadway theater but to be introduced. Feldstein sounds excited by the prospect of attending to sing such basic songs as “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “People” and “My Man.”
“The first time I played Fanny Brice was at my third birthday party, in a head-to-toe leopard print outfit my mom made for me,” she mentioned in an announcement. “So, it’s safe to say that stepping into this iconic role, on Broadway and not in my family’s backyard, is truly my lifelong dream come true. I am immensely grateful to be able to do so alongside such a remarkable creative team, and cannot wait for audiences to get back in theaters again!”
Choreography will probably be overseen by Ellenore Scott (“Head Over Heels”), faucet choreography by Ayodele Casel, and the present will function a revised guide by Harvey Fierstein, of “La Cage aux Folles” and “Hairspray” renown. David Zinn will probably be in command of scenic design. “Funny Girl” options music by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winner Jule Styne, lyrics by Tony nominee and Grammy winner Bob Merrill, and a guide by Isobel Lennart, from an unique story by Lennart.
Feldstein, who additionally had a memorable supporting flip in “Lady Bird,” will subsequent play Monica Lewinsky in Ryan Murphy’s “Impeachment: American Crime Story.” She will even be seen in “The Humans,” A24’s movie adaptation of Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning play of the identical title.
“Funny Girl” follows Brice on her inconceivable rise to fame, propelled by her comedic and vocal genius, not by her standard attractiveness. It additionally dramatizes her difficult relationship with gambler Arnstein. The unique manufacturing of “Funny Girl” premiered on Broadway in 1964 starring Streisand as Brice and was nominated for eight Tonys, together with greatest musical. Somehow Streisand was robbed of a Tony. We desire a recount. But she did win an Oscar when “Funny Girl” was tailored right into a 1968 film, and he or she went on to turn out to be one of many greatest music and film stars of the 20th century. So there’s that.
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