Funny Girl Sets Broadway Closing; Lea Michele, Ramin Karimloo, Jared Grimes, Tovah Feldshuh to Close Out the Run | Playbill

Broadway News Funny Girl Sets Broadway Closing; Lea Michele, Ramin Karimloo, Jared Grimes, Tovah Feldshuh to Close Out the Run

The first-ever Broadway revival of the beloved musical will have played 599 performances by its final bow this fall.

The Broadway revival of Funny Girl will say "goodbye, gorgeous!" September 3 with its final performance. Current stars Lea MicheleRamin Karimloo, Jared Grimes, and Tovah Feldshuh will remain with the show through the end of its run. See new clips of the current cast above.

The revival opened April 24, 2022 with Beanie Feldstein as the production's "greatest star" Fanny Brice, after beginning previews March 26. Lea Michele stepped into the role September 6 alongside Tovah Feldshuh, succeeding Jane Lynch as Mrs. Brice.

Fanny Brice understudy Julie Benko had a principal run as Fanny in August 2022, between Feldstein's departure and Michele's arrival. She now serves as an alternate for the role, performing on Thursdays.

Funny Girl also stars Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, 2022 Tony nominee Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan, Peter Francis James as Florenz Ziegfeld, Ephie Aardema as Mrs. Nadler, Debra Cardona as Mrs. Meeker, Toni DiBuono as Mrs. Strakosh, and Martin Moran as Tom Keeney.

The ensemble features Amber Ardolino, Daniel Beeman, Kurt Csolak, Leslie Donna Flesner, Afra Hines, Masumi Iwai, Aliah James, Stephen Mark Lukas, John Thomas Manzari, Katie Mitchell, Justin Prescott, Mariah Reives, and Leslie Blake Walker. Rounding out the company are standbys Liz McCartney and Jeremiah James and swings Colin Bradbury, John Michael Fiumara, Danielle Kelsey, and Alicia Lundgren.

Building upon Jule Styne's original score and Bob Merrill's lyrics, Tony winner Harvey Fierstein revised the book (from Isobel Lennart's original) for this revival of the biomusical tracking real-life singer and comic Fanny Brice. From humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, Brice rose to fame and fortune onstage in the Ziegfeld Follies and as a radio and screen performer. The original 1964 production propelled a young Barbra Streisand to international fame; she reprised her stage performance in the 1968 film adaptation, winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in the process.

In a rare occurrence, the cast album, released January 20, features the production's replacement stars, Michele and Feldshuh.

See Lea Michele and Tovah Feldshuh in Funny Girl on Broadway

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