As rehearsals begin for this new production, the full company and creative team involved has been confirmed.
Joining the previously announced Beanie Feldstein, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Ramin Karimloo, Jeff Award winner Jared Grimes, and five-time Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch in Michael Mayer’s production will be: Peter Francis James as Florenz Ziegfeld, Ephie Aardema as Emma/Mrs. Nadler, Debra Cardona as Mrs. Meeker, Toni DiBuono as Mrs. Strakosh, Martin Moran as Tom Keeney, Julie Benko as Fanny Brice Standby.
The company is also set to include: 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.
Featuring an original book by Isobel Lennart, Funny Girl tells the story of Fanny Brice whose talent sees her rise from young Brooklyn music hall performer to star of the stage and her relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. It includes the songs ‘People’ and ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade.’
Starting performances at the August Wilson Theatre on the 26th of March, this is the first revival of the musical on Broadway for 58 years.
Michael Mayer directed the London revival of the musical, which was first seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory before transferring to the Savoy Theatre. While the Menier is a producer of the Broadway revival and will feature the revised book by Harvey Fierstein, this production will not be a transfer of the London production.
The production is set to feature choreography by Ellenore Scott (Head Over Heels, “So You Think You Can Dance”), tap choreography by Ayodele Casel, a revised book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, La Cage Aux Folles) and scenic design by Tony Award winner David Zinn (Fun Home), Funny Girl also features music by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winner Jule Styne and lyrics by Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Bob Merrill.
To find out more about the production visit: https://funnygirlonbroadway.com/