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New Amsterdam Theatre (New York, NY)
214 West 42nd St.

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Based on an original story by Isobel Lennart

Funny Girl is the semi-autobiographical tale of Fanny Brice's meteoric rise to fame and her stormy relationship with Nick Arnstein, a wealthy and charming gambler. From her start as a gawky Brooklyn teen fast-talking her way into show business to becoming the toast of New York to the unraveling of her personal life, Funny Girl is a stunning, richly told tour de force about one of Broadway's biggest stars. The endearing, poignant musical features a parade of great tunes including "People" and "Don't Rain on My Parade".


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Grena Theatre Finishes Season with FUNNY GIRL and THE UNEXPECTED GUEST
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2011

Gretna Theatre, under the Producing Artistic Direction of Larry Frenock, is entering the mid- point of its 84th season. Performing at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse sitting in the heart of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, the theatre company continues to produce family musicals and comedies and remains an area gem. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Broadway Geek Michael Hughes talks MICKEY & JUDY at Fringe
by Kelly Cameron - Jul 7, 2011

Michael Hughes is by his own admission a huge Broadway geek. He wears that badge proudly as he brings his one man cabaret show to this year's Toronto Fringe. Entitled Mickey & Judy, it's a love letter to music theatre and all the music theatre geeks who grew up in an era before GLEE made being a geek cool. Michael took a few minutes to talk to BWW about what we can expect from his show, and why he thinks it would be perfect for BWW readers. (more...)

Ana Gasteyer Brings ELEGANT SONGS to Upright Cabaret, 8/11-13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2011

Chris Isaacson and Upright Cabaret proudly present the West Coast debut of Broadway diva and 'Saturday Night Live' alum Ana Gasteyer in Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman in a limited engagement of three shows only, August 11-13, at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Showtime is 8:30pm, with dinner and drink service beginning at 7pm. Gasteyer brings her unique comic wit and style to the stage in her new classy, brassy and sassy club act, featuring Broadway ditties, beloved (if forgotten) standards, and movie melodies. (more...)

The Sound of Music Returns to Pittsburgh CLO July 19-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2011

Audiences of all ages will fall in love with Pittsburgh CLO's production of The Sound of Music, July 19-31 at the Benedum Center. T (more...)

SOME ENCHANTED BROADWAY EVENING Held At Northwestern
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2011

No need to travel to New York's central theatre district. The songs from Broadway's Tony Award-winning musicals are as close as Northwestern University's Evanston campus this summer. (more...)

¬ĎBest of Broadway¬' Cabaret Show Returns to Libertyville, 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2011

Liberty Town Productions, Libertyville's not-for-profit entertainment company, hosts its third annual Musical Summer Showcase featuring the Best of Broadway on Saturday, August 6th in The Fuel Room of Austin's Saloon & Eatery. Show times are 6:30 and 9 pm. (more...)

Cabrillo Presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Closes 7/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2011

The hills will be alive in Thousand Oaks as Cabrillo Music Theatre proudly announces its brand-new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC. THE SOUND OF MUSIC clsoes Sunday, July 31st, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County Presents Marilyn Michaels
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2011

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County will host a Gala Fundraiser, to kick off the premiere exhibit, Marilyn Michaels - paintings & memories - A Multimedia Exhibit, featuring the art & memorabilia of singer/actress/comedienne, Marilyn Michaels. (more...)

Human Race Festival of New Musical Brings Three Great Shows to Dayton
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2011

A wide realm of popular music will be coming to the stage at The Loft Theatre the weekend of August 5 - 7. (more...)

Light Opera Works Presents THE STUDENT PRINCE, 8/18-28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2011

In THE STUDENT PRINCE, young love blossoms in Old Heidelberg as the betrothed heir to the throne goes off to university, only to fall for a beautiful waitress in the beer garden. (more...)

Cabrillo Presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2011

The hills will be alive in Thousand Oaks as Cabrillo Music Theatre proudly announces its brand-new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC. (more...)

Olney Theatre Center Extends GREASE Through 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2011

Those summer nights are going to last just a little longer as Olney Theatre Center extends its production of Grease before it even opens. Bobby Smith returns to direct what can be called the original high school musical. (more...)

Splash Bar Presents Special Edition of 'Curtain Call', 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2011

Splash's Musical Mondays is proud to present a very special edition of 'Curtain Call' with Funny Girl Lesli Margherita. On August 1st, directly following the video clip extravaganza, host Emily McNamara welcomes Lesli as she makes her 'Curtain Call' debut. (more...)

BroadwayGirlNYC: #BwaySongMashup Contest
by BroadwayGirl NYC - Jul 21, 2011

Do you ever hear a line in a Broadway show or song that reminds you of ANOTHER Broadway show or song? With thousands upon thousands of Broadway cast albums, there are many themes, lyrics and song titles that are reminiscent of each other. More and more, I'm finding myself drawn to them. I find myself amazed and amused by the similarities, and that is how the twitter hashtag #BwaySongMashup came to be. (more...)

Jesus Christ Superstar To Play the Benedum Center 8/2-14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2011

Audiences will be captivated by Pittsburgh CLO's production of Jesus Christ Superstar, August 2-14 at the Benedum Center! This powerful rock opera takes viewers on an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus of Nazareth. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Lisa Marie Wright is NOT Kathy Griffin, but You'll Want her Autograph Anyway
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 18, 2011

With Griffin coming to Music City USA this week, you can be certain that Lisa Marie Wright will be asked to sign more autographs than normal, dodging the glare of television cameras and trying to elude the paparazzi. Luckily, she agreed to an interview with us from an undisclosed location where she whiles away her time eating bon-bons and reading movie magazines...either that, or she was at work, we forget... (more...)

The Sound of Music Returns to Pittsburgh CLO July 19-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2011

Audiences of all ages will fall in love with Pittsburgh CLO's production of The Sound of Music, July 19-31 at the Benedum Center. T (more...)

BWW Poll Results: What is Your Favorite FOLLIES Recording? - The Original Cast Album!
by BWW - Jul 18, 2011

Last week, we asked what was your favorite recording of FOLLIES. The winner was the 1971 Original Broadway Cast Recording, with an overwhelming 48% of the vote. Ranking second amongst fans with 29% was the most recent 1998 recording featuring the Paper Mill Playhouse cast. (more...)

SOME ENCHANTED BROADWAY EVENING Held At Northwestern
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2011

No need to travel to New York's central theatre district. The songs from Broadway's Tony Award-winning musicals are as close as Northwestern University's Evanston campus this summer. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stephanie Mills Live in Philadelphia
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2011

Grammy Award Winner and star of stage and screen Stephanie Mills performed live at the Dell East Music Center in Philadelphia on July 14. BroadwayWorld brings you photo coverage or her performance below! (more...)

Saturday Roundup: This Week on BroadwayWorld
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 16, 2011

If you're looking for a quick roundup of all the events in the theatre world, look no further: here are some of the best articles that the week has to offer! (more...)

BWW Polls: Who Would You Like to See as 'Fanny Brice' in the Revival of FUNNY GIRL?
by BWW - Jul 15, 2011

The announcement that a revival of Funny Girl was in the works last season opened the floodgates of speculation as to who would be reprising the iconic role of 'Fanny Brice,' made famous by Barbra Streisand. While the theatrical community was buzzing about Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, Laura Benanti, Shoshana Bean, Ana Gasteyer and Leslie Kritzer - to name a few - the Center Theatre Group announced that it was conducting an online search for the show's star. Production officials have been mum on any leads. (more...)

The Art House Brings SIMPLY BARBRA To Provincetown July 13-16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2011

Time Out New York called Steven Brinberg's performance as Simply Barbra! 'absolutely brilliant and wickedly funny.' (more...)

Online Talent Search Begins for Funny Girl at the Ahmanson
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2011

Center Theatre Group and Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher announced today that the search for the next Fanny Brice in the classic romantic musical comedy "Funny Girl" has gone digital. (more...)

The Art House Brings SIMPLY BARBRA To Provincetown July 13-16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2011

Time Out New York called Steven Brinberg's performance as Simply Barbra! 'absolutely brilliant and wickedly funny.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: Idina Menzel Lights Up an Atlanta Summer Night
by Shannon O'Connor - Jul 12, 2011

Outdoor events can be dicey propositions in any case, but rarely more so than on a July evening in Atlanta, where heat, humidity, and evening thunderstorms often combine to create miserable conditions. Not so on this night. As Atlanta's Chastain Park Amphitheater played host to Broadway legend Idina Menzel with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra-part of the Delta Airlines-sponsored Classic Chastain concert series-Mother Nature gave her blessing. (more...)

Gary Beach, Bob Amaral, et al. Lead Music Circus' THE PRODUCERS; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2011

Casting for Music Circus' THE PRODUCERS, which runs July 12-17. THe production will star Tony Award-winner Gary Beach, Bob Amaral and Matt Loehr. Beach returns to the Wells Fargo Pavilion as Roger De Bris, the character he originated on Broadway and in the 2005 film version with Matthew Broderick. Last year, he appeared at Music Circus as King Arthur in Monty Python's 'Spamalot' and the year before as Nathan Detroit in 'Guys and Dolls.' (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Liberty Town Productions Holds 2011 Showcase!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 11, 2011

Liberty Town Productions, Libertyville's not-for-profit entertainment company, hosts its third annual Musical Summer Showcase featuring the Best of Broadway on Saturday, August 6th in The Fuel Room of Austin's Saloon & Eatery. Show times are 6:30 and 9 pm. Check out highlights from thw 2009 and 2010 showcases below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Bruce Kimmel Does It Right Again @ Kritzerland at the Gardenia
by Don Grigware - Jul 11, 2011

On Wednesday July 6 Kritzerland at the Gardenia presented a salute to the lesser known music of Kander and Ebb - The Kander and Ebb Album - two of the most prolific composers of the 20th century. Think Chicago or Cabaret, and you need go no further. These two wildly popular shows still receive international mountings and provide us with some of the greatest Broadway pop tunes ever. Ahead of their time, Kander and Ebb produced shows with a substantially dark and biting edge not found in other composers' music and lyrics. Bruce Kimmel, whose Kritzerland recording company continues to enjoy enormous success worldwide, again served as narrator of the evening telling short, funny anecdotes about his encounters with John Kander and also detailing Kander and Ebb's failures as well as successes. Liza Minnelli's Broadway career soared because of K & E - it started with Flora the Red Menace in the 60s and continued through the next couple of decades with hits and flops such as The Rink and 1977's The Act, which began in LA as Shine It On. K & E certainly didn't fare too badly either with Liza's name on their bill. Think of what she did for the movie Cabaret with her Academy Award winning turn as Sally. However, such was not the case with their film New York, New York which received some pretty scathing reviews in the late 70s; the pair were none too pleased that a small musical The First Nudie Musical (Bruce Kimmel)fared far better than their multi-billion dollar disaster. It's always such fun for theatre lovers to hear about the down side of the business, and particularly via Kimmel's straight-forward, droll take on it. (more...)

SNL Star Ana Gasteyer makes West Coast Debut with 'Elegant Songs'
by LA News Desk - Aug 9, 2011

Direct from her sold-out run in NYC! Saturday Night Live star ANA GASTEYER makes her West Coast debut in 'Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman' playing a limited engagement Thurs-Sat, August 11, 12 & 13, 2011 at the Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. (more...)

La Sexta3 inicia hoy una semana dedicada al Cine Musical
by Roberto Rodriguez - Aug 8, 2011

Desde el 8 de agosto hasta el próximo día 14, La cadena celebrará el 50 aniversario de West Side Story con un ciclo dedicado a los mejores musicales de la Gran Pantalla. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2011

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, August 7, 2011 - Sunday, August 7, 2011. (more...)

Lea Michele Talks Lauren Ambrose FUNNY GIRL Casting
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2011

It was recently announced that Lauren Ambrose, the 'Six Feet Under Star,' has landed the leading role in the revival of Funny Girl, stepping into a role made famous by Barbra Streisand in the 1960s. (more...)

Saturday Roundup: This Week on BroadwayWorld
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 6, 2011

If you're looking for a quick roundup of all the events in the theatre world this week, look no further: here are some of the best articles the week had to offer! (more...)

¬ĎBest of Broadway¬' Cabaret Show Returns to Libertyville, 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2011

Liberty Town Productions, Libertyville's not-for-profit entertainment company, hosts its third annual Musical Summer Showcase featuring the Best of Broadway on Saturday, August 6th in The Fuel Room of Austin's Saloon & Eatery. Show times are 6:30 and 9 pm. (more...)

Human Race Festival of New Musical Brings Three Great Shows to Dayton
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2011

A wide realm of popular music will be coming to the stage at The Loft Theatre the weekend of August 5 - 7. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Lauren Ambrose at the Mic - Musical Theater's Newest Star
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 4, 2011

BroadwayWorld announced yesterday that Lauren Ambrose has landed the coveted role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl in the first Broadway production of the musical since it originally opened in 1964. Funny Girl, which features music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, will be directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher. The news came as a surprise to many, as Ambrose - while a screen favortie and sometimes stage star - is not a regular in the big musical circuit. In fact, the announcement had many asking...can she sing? Ambrose, in fact, has powerhouse vocals and has been singing since childhood. She is the lead singer of jazz, swing and ragtime-style Leisure Class band, and in trained in opera at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Many may also recall Ambrose's famous belt-out of the 'Rainbow of Reasons' gag in a 2006 episode of Six Feet Under. The theater world certainly has a lot to look forward to when this soulful songstress reimagines Fanny onstage. (more...)

Official! Lauren Ambrose to Star in FUNNY GIRL!
by BWW - Aug 3, 2011

As speculated about online and confirming BWW's previous reports that the actress was in negotiations, it's now official that Lauren Ambrose will indeed star as Fanny Brice in the new revival of Funny Girl. The show will open in LA at the Ahmanson Theater on February 1, 2012, and is expected to transfer to Broadway thereafter. The new production will be directed by Bartlett Sher. (more...)

Lauren Ambrose & Bartlett Sher Talk FUNNY GIRL Casting
by BWW - Aug 3, 2011

It's just been announced that Lauren Ambrose will star as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, in the first Broadway production of the musical since it originally opened in 1964. Funny Girl, which features music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, will be directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher. (more...)

Jesus Christ Superstar To Play the Benedum Center 8/2-14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2011

Audiences will be captivated by Pittsburgh CLO's production of Jesus Christ Superstar, August 2-14 at the Benedum Center! This powerful rock opera takes viewers on an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus of Nazareth. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Cuccioli, Omoh, et al. in Pittsburgh CLO's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2011

Audiences will be captivated by Pittsburgh CLO's production of Jesus Christ Superstar, August 2-14 at the Benedum Center! This powerful rock opera takes viewers on an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus of Nazareth. Tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar start at $21.75 and are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. (more...)

SNL Star Ana Gasteyer makes West Coast Debut with 'Elegant Songs'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2011

Direct from her sold-out run in NYC! Saturday Night Live star ANA GASTEYER makes her West Coast debut in 'Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman' playing a limited engagement Thurs-Sat, August 11, 12 & 13, 2011 at the Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. (more...)

2011 CAPA Summer Movie Series Lineup Announced, Runs 6/17-8/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2011

The CAPA Summer Movie Series, the longest-running classic film series in America, celebrates its 41st anniversary in 2011 with an impressive assembly of classics, cult favorites, and much beloved films. (more...)

SNL Star Ana Gasteyer makes West Coast Debut with 'Elegant Songs,' 8/11
by LA News Desk - Aug 11, 2011

Direct from her sold-out run in NYC! Saturday Night Live star ANA GASTEYER makes her West Coast debut in 'Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman' playing a limited engagement Thurs-Sat, August 11, 12 & 13, 2011 at the Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Ana Gasteyer Performs on KTLA Morning News
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 10, 2011

Film and stage regular Ana Gasteyer recently performed 'Slap That Bass' on KTLA Morning News. Click below to watch her performance! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 10th, 2011
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 10, 2011

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to New York. 'West Side Story' on stage and screen, Darren Criss of 'Glee' in 3D, Amy & Freddy, another 'Evita,' 'Schoolhouse Rock Live!,' Jessie Mueller on Broadway and more.... (more...)

Rialto Chatter: Lea Michele Def. Out; Lauren Ambrose to Take on FUNNY GIRL?
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2011

As BroadwayWorld has previously reported, Broadway producer Bob Boyett is endeavoring to revive Funny Girl on Broadway with famed director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, Awake and Sing, The Light in the Piazza) at the helm. Rumors have been circulating that Broadway veteran and GLEE star Lea Michele had her eyes on the project, but according to E!Online, stage veteran Lauren Ambrose is the producers' current favorite to play the role. (more...)

Splash Bar Presents Special Edition of 'Curtain Call', 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2011

Splash's Musical Mondays is proud to present a very special edition of 'Curtain Call' with Funny Girl Lesli Margherita. On August 1st, directly following the video clip extravaganza, host Emily McNamara welcomes Lesli as she makes her 'Curtain Call' debut. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Lauren Ambrose Sings FUNNY GIRL's 'My Man'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 1, 2011

As BroadwayWorld has previously reported, Broadway producer Bob Boyett is endeavoring to revive Funny Girl on Broadway with famed director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, Awake and Sing, The Light in the Piazza) at the helm. Rumors have been circulating that Broadway veteran and GLEE star Lea Michele had her eyes on the project, but according to E!Online, stage veteran Lauren Ambrose is the producers' current favorite to play the iconic role. Check out Ambrose appropriately singing 'My Man' last year at Joe's Pub below! (more...)

Ana Gasteyer Lands Guest Role on ABC Series 'Suburgatory'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2011

Film and stage regular Ana Gasteyer can be seen once again on the small screen in the upcoming ABC series 'Suburgatory,' reports Entertainment Weekly. (more...)

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