Beanie Feldstein to Star in ‘Funny Girl’ on Broadway
Beanie Feldstein will star as Fanny Brice, the role that helped make Barbra Streisand a star, in “Funny Girl,” which is being presented on …
Beanie Feldstein will star as Fanny Brice, the role that helped make Barbra Streisand a star, in “Funny Girl,” which is being presented on Broadway for the first time in 58 years.
The revival of the 1964 musical will be directed by Michael Mayer, who previously oversaw a 2015 revival of the show in London. Producers said performances would begin in the spring, but did not specify a date — though an Equity casting call posted on Aug. 8 gave April 2 as the first performance — and they said the theater where the musical will be housed would be announced later.
“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,” Feldstein said in a statement. “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,” she added, “and cannot wait for audiences to get back in theaters again!”
“Funny Girl” charts the rise of the self-deprecating comedian and actress Fanny Brice, and her relationship with the gambler Nick Arnstein. The original production was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including best musical. The score, by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, includes such classic songs as “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” This new production will have a revised book by Harvey Fierstein.
Feldstein, who starred in the film “Booksmart” in 2019, made her Broadway debut in 2017 as Minnie Fay in “Hello, Dolly!,” which starred Bette Midler.
Mayer is well known for directing the 2006 hit “Spring Awakening,” and, more recently, the 2014 revival of the rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
Producers said that additional casting announcements would be released shortly.