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Funny Girl on Broadway
Funny Girl on Broadway

Funny Girl on Broadway

New York, NY
Lea Michele is Fanny Brice.
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About Funny Girl on Broadway

Important information about performing schedules:

The marvelous Julie Benko will perform as Fanny on Thursday evenings. Also, there are a handful of changes to this schedule over the holidays.

Ms. Michele will not perform:

  • Friday 11/25 2pm Matinee (she will perform the 8pm evening performance)
  • Tuesday 12/20 7pm (she will perform that Thursday 12/22 instead)
  • Monday 12/26 2pm Matinee (she will perform the 8pm evening performance)
  • Thursday 12/29 8pm

In 2023 -

  • Sunday 2/19 at 3pm Matinee (she will perform Thursday 2/16 at 7pm instead)
  • Ms. Michele will be on vacation the entire week of 2/20 through 2/26
  • Sunday 5/14 at 3pm Matinee (she will perform Thursday 5/11 at 7pm instead)

Welcome to musical comedy heaven! Featuring one of the most iconic scores of all time by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, a revised book from Harvey Fierstein based on the original classic by Isobel Lennart, tap choreography by Ayodele Casel, choreography by Ellenore Scott, and direction from Michael Mayer, this love letter to the theatre has the whole shebang!

The sensational cast, starring Drama Desk Award® nominee Lea Michele as Fanny Brice, Tony Award® nominee Ramin Karimloo, Jeff Award winner Jared Grimes, and Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh, dazzles with the songs “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People.” This bittersweet comedy is the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she’d never be a star, but then something funny happened—she became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway.

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The original Funny Girl Broadway production, featuring a book by Isobel Stennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill, premiered in 1964 to critical acclaim. Within four years, a film adaptation came out that made a household name — and an Academy Award winner — out of Barbra Streisand.

The real-life Fanny Brice and her character are Jewish, so it’s custom for a Jewish actress to play the role. When the original Broadway production was in development, Carol Burnett was offered the role of Fanny but turned it down, telling the producers to hire a Jewish actress. Composer Jule Styne thought of Streisand after seeing her on Broadway in I Can Get It For You Wholesale, and the rest is history! Streisand starred opposite Sydney Chaplin as Nick on stage and opposite Omar Sharif on screen.

Both iterations of the show have cemented their legacy in performing arts history: Funny Girl's original Broadway cast recording is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the Funny Girl movie is in the National Film Registry as a culturally significant movie.

The 2022 Funny Girl Broadway revival features a revised book based on Stennart’s original, penned by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. A 2015 London revival of Funny Girl was the first to use his book. Choreography is by Ellenore Scott and tap choreography is by Ayodele Casel, and Tony Award winner Michael Mayer directs.

What to Watch For

  • This production marks the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl, more than 50 years after the show premiered in 1964.
  • Fanny Brice herself performed in Broadway shows including Fioretta, Sweet and Low, and Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt.
  • Brice’s story is the basis of Funny Girl. Her son-in-law Ray Stark, who was married to Brice’s daughter with Nick Arnstein, produced the original Funny Girl musical.
  • The original Broadway production was nominated for eight Tony Awards in 1964 but won none. Granted, Funny Girl had stiff competition — the show lost in five categories, including Best Musical, to Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing.
  • Glee fans will recognize Funny Girl as lead character Rachel Berry’s favorite musical. Rachel even auditions for a fictional revival of the show during Glee’s fifth season, lands the role of Fanny, and wins a Tony Award for it. How fitting, then, that Lea Michele landed the role in real life! (Ironically, Jane Lynch, who played the musical-hating Sue Sylvester on Glee, was first cast in the real revival as Fanny’s mother.)
  • As a tie-in with the Funny Girl movie release, Motown released an album titled Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl" in 1968. The album was recorded in two days and cemented Ross as a superstar.
Start date

April 24th, 2022




August Wilson Theatre

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