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Bobby Cannavale to join Lauren Ambrose in 'Funny Girl' revival

September 13, 2011 | 10:54 am


Bobby Cannavale has joined the cast of the upcoming revival of "Funny Girl" that will debut in January at the Ahmanson Theatre before transferring to Broadway in the spring. Cannavale will play the role of Nick Arnstein in the musical opposite Lauren Ambrose as Fanny Brice.

"Funny Girl" will begin previews at the Ahmanson on Jan. 15 with an official opening set for Feb. 1. The engagement is scheduled to run through Feb. 26. No dates have been announced for the Broadway transfer.

The role of Nick Arnstein was first played on Broadway by actor Sydney Chaplin in 1964. Omar Sharif took over the role in the 1968 movie version of the musical.

Cannavale most recently appeared on Broadway in Stephen Adly Guirgis' "The Mother... With the Hat," for which he received a Tony Award nomination this year. He received a Tony nomination in 2008 for his supporting role in "Mauritius" by Theresa Rebeck.

"Funny Girl" would be the first Broadway musical for Cannavale. The actor appeared in the movie "Win Win" earlier this year and is expected to appear next season in the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie."


Bobby Cannavale, an actor bloodied but unbowed

Lauren Ambrose is 'Funny Girl' at the Ahmanson Theatre

A Fanny Brice mini-tour of L.A.

-- David Ng

Photo: Bobby Cannavale, left, with Chris Rock in "The Mother... With the Hat." Credit: Joan Marcus