'Funny Girl' will open on Broadway in April after Ahmanson run
We already have our Fanny Brice (Lauren Ambrose) and our Nick Arnstein (Bobby Cannavale). We have our opening in Los Angeles (Feb. 1 at the Ahmanson Theatre). And today we have our Broadway opening (April 2012) for the revival of "Funny Girl."
The new "Funny Girl" will be directed Bartlett Sher, who staged the acclaimed 2008 Broadway revival of "South Pacific."
It's common for a play to have a pre-Broadway run in Los Angeles (or Chicago or Seattle), but not as common for the Broadway date to be announced before the out-of-town production has begun. So that would imply obvious confidence in this production, even if Ambrose does not fit the Fanny Brice/Barbra Streisand mold of the original 1964 hit musical, with its music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill.
The new production, the first Broadway revival of "Funny Girl," will play at the Imperial Theatre on 45th Street.
While we wait, sample the video of Ambrose and her band singing “My Man” from "Funny Girl" at Joe’s Pub in 2010.
-- Sherry Stern
Photos: Lauren Abrose and Bobby Cannavale. Credit: Associated Press