Beanie Feldstein To Star In Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’…

Barbra Streisand (L), who starred in the 1968 film version of "Funny Girl," and Beanie Feldstein (R).

After years of rumors and some failed makes an attempt, the first-ever revival of “Humorous Lady” is certain for Broadway, with Beanie Feldstein starring as Fanny Brice.

Set in New York shortly earlier than World Struggle I, “Humorous Lady” tells the story of Brice, the real-life “Ziegfeld Follies” star, and her tempestuous romance with gambler Nicky Arnstein. The musical options are the traditional songs “Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “Folks.”

The 2022 revival might be directed by Michael Mayer, and have a revised script by Harvey Fierstein.

“The primary time I performed Fanny Brice was at my third birthday celebration, in a head-to-toe leopard print outfit my mother made for me,” Feldstein stated in a Wednesday assertion despatched to HuffPost.

“So, it’s protected to say that entering into this iconic position, on Broadway and never in my household’s yard, is actually my lifelong dream come true. I’m immensely grateful to have the ability to achieve this alongside such an outstanding inventive group, and can’t look forward to audiences to get again in theaters once more!”

The unique manufacturing of “Humorous Lady” opened on Broadway in 1964 and was nominated for eight Tony Awards. The musical was a breakout for Barbra Streisand, who reprised the position of Fanny Brice within the film model 4 years later and gained an Oscar.

Since then, there have been quite a few efforts to remount the musical on Broadway to no avail. A 2011 manufacturing starring “Six Toes Below” actor Lauren Ambrose was reportedly within the works earlier than producers backed out.

Three years later, Ryan Murphy was stated to be planning to stage the present with Lea Michele ― whose “Glee” character, Rachel Berry, idolized Streisand and starred in a show-within-the-show model of “Humorous Lady” ― as its star. And simply weeks earlier than COVID-19 shut down Broadway’s final 12 months, Idina Menzel was rumored to be eyeing the position of Fanny.

Feldstein is beloved for her roles in “Woman Chook” and “Booksmart,” the latter of which nabbed her a Golden Globe nomination. She made her Broadway debut within the 2017 revival of “Hey, Dolly!” starring Bette Midler.

In the autumn, she stars in “Impeachment: American Crime Story” as Monica Lewinsky and can return to the large display screen in “The People,” which is slated to premiere on the 2021 Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant in September.

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