Funny Girl
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Imperial Theatre (New York, NY)
249 West 45th St.
New York, NY
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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.

FUNNY GIRL will play at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from January 15 through February 26, 2012 prior to opening in spring 2012 on Broadway.

FUNNY GIRL is the road-to-stardom story of legendary entertainer Fanny Brice, from her start in a Brooklyn music hall to her meteoric rise as a headliner in the Ziegfeld Follies. While her career soars, she falls in love with charming gambler Nick Arnstein, just as his own lucky streak is running out. FUNNY GIRL is an irresistible backstage drama, a heartbreaking romance and a classic musical comedy filled with unforgettable songs by the team of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill including “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” and the iconic hit “People.”

FUNNY GIRL Postpones Los Angeles and Broadway Engagements
by BWW News Desk - November 3, 2011

Funny Girl, which was recently announced to return to Broadway in April 2012 following an engagement at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, has been postponed. (more...)

FUNNY GIRL Revival to Play Broadway's Imperial Theatre Opening April 2012
by BWW News Desk - October 5, 2011

Funny Girl, starring two-time Emmy Award nominee Lauren Ambrose as Fanny Brice and two-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Bobby Cannavale as Nick Arnstein, will open on Broadway in April, 2012 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street), following its engagement at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from January 15 through February 26, 2012, it was announced today by producer Bob Boyett. Additional casting, preview and opening dates will be announced shortly. It will be the first time Funny Girl will be on Broadway since the 1964 original production. (more...)

BREAKING NEWS: Bobby Cannavale to Star Opposite Lauren Ambrose in FUNNY GIRL
by BWW - September 13, 2011

Two-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Bobby Cannavale will star as Nick Arnstein opposite Lauren Ambrose, who will star as Fanny Brice, in the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl since the 1964 original production. 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...)

Barbra Streisand Talks Lauren Ambrose in FUNNY GIRL
by BWW News Desk - August 18, 2011

Funny Girl, the 1964 musical that helped raise Barbra Streisand to stardom, will receive a revival next spring starring 'Six Feet Under' star Lauren Ambrose in Streisand's original role of Fanny Brice. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Lauren Ambrose at the Mic - Musical Theater's Newest Star
by BroadwayWorld TV - August 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...)

Lauren Ambrose & Bartlett Sher Talk FUNNY GIRL Casting
by BWW - August 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...)

Official! Lauren Ambrose to Star in FUNNY GIRL!
by BWW - August 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...)

STAGE TUBE: Lauren Ambrose Sings FUNNY GIRL's 'My Man'
by BroadwayWorld TV - August 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...)