No one is going to rain at Beanie Feldstein’s parade.
The “Booksmart” star will play the role of Fanny Bryce in “Funny Girl”, giving the actress a chance to give herself a spin in the role of Barbara Streisand, who began her career and became synonymous with acting legends. This is the first time the instrument has been revived on Broadway since it ended its run nearly six decades ago. It comes after an earlier attempt to revive “Funny Girl” in 2012, with Lauren Ambrose playing Fanny Bryce and Bobby Canavale as her husband Nicky Ernstein, when investors came out.
The new production will be directed by Tony Award winner Michael Meyer (“Headwig and the Angry Inch”) and will be screened at a Broadway theater in the spring of 2022. Feldstein sounds excited at the prospect of singing classic songs like “Don’t Rain in My Parade,” “People” and “My Man.”
“The first time I played Fanny Bryce was at my third birthday party, my mother made a leopard print dress for me from mother to foot,” he said in a statement. “So, it’s safe to say that my lifelong dream of playing this iconic role, not on Broadway, not in my family’s backyard, has come true. I am extremely grateful to be able to do this alongside such an extraordinary creative team, and can’t wait for the audience to come back to the theater again! ”
The choreography will be overseen by Eleanor Scott (“Head Over the Hills”), taped choreography by Eodel Castle, and the show will feature a revised book by Harvey Fierstein of “La Cage Oaks Falls” and “Hairspray”. David Jean will be in charge of the natural design. “Funny Girl” is a book by Isobel Lennart, featuring music by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winner Jules Stein, songs by Tony Nominee and Grammy winner Bob Merrill, and Lennart’s original story.
Feldstein, who also had a memorable supporting turn in “Lady Bird,” will later play Monica Lewinsky in Ryan Murphy’s “Impeachment: The American Crime Story.” He will also be seen in Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning drama A24’s adaptation of “The Humans.”
“Funny Girl” follows Bryce for her incredible fame, driven by her wit and vocal talent, not by her conventional beautiful looks. It also dramatizes his complex relationship with gambler Ernstein. The original production of “Funny Girl” starred Streisand Bryce on Broadway in 1964 and was nominated for eight tones, including Best Music. Somehow Streisand was snatched a ton. We want a count. But she won an Oscar when “Funny Girl” turned into a 1968 movie, and she became one of the greatest music and movie stars of the twentieth century. So that’s it.