Funny Girl is an incredible entertainment spectacle that celebrates and pays tribute to American icons of the early 20th century. It is a show that is sure to draw everyone in with its mix of comedy, heart-warming story, and dazzling music and dance numbers. As a theatre classic, it has captured the hearts of many people from different generations and continues to have a strong grip on today’s pop culture. No one can rain on your parade when you opt to watch this treasure. Funny Girl comes back to life with a modern twist at the August Wilson Theatre with Lea Michelle (Glee icon) starring as the beloved Fanny Brice. This is worth watching!
“Those who come to the August Wilson expecting Michele to blow the roof off the place won’t be disappointed.” – Entertainment Weekly
“A knock-out. Lea Michelle is just spectacular!” – Deadline
The 1964 Broadway production of Funny Girl remains one of the most popular shows in the modern era. The initial release was created by Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, and Isobel Lennart, and it starred Barbra Streisand as Sophie Tucker-Esque character Fannie Brice. The success of Funny Girl’s original Broadway run led Isobel Lennart to create a revised version of the show for a film adaptation in 1968. The film was met with critical acclaim and grossed over 56 million at the box office, leading to a successful event run of the show in 2014. Through the years, Funny Girl is a musical that continues to entertain and charm audiences nearly six decades after its original debut.
The story follows the rise of famed Fanny Brice from a vaudeville star to an artist remembered for her on-stage comedic talent. Through her journey of self-discovery, the audience is captivated by her story and the music of this beloved classic.
The musical begins with Fanny as a young girl in New York City, dreaming of becoming a star. She is determined to make it big, despite her family’s objections. She auditions for the Ziegfeld Follies and is accepted, becoming an overnight sensation. Fanny’s success leads to a romance with Nick Arnstein, a charming gambler. Despite their differences, the two fall in love and marry. However, Nick’s gambling addiction leads to financial ruin and the couple’s eventual separation. Fanny’s career continues to flourish, and she becomes a major star. She is offered a movie contract and moves to Hollywood, where she meets Eddie Ryan, a young actor. The two become close friends, and Fanny eventually falls in love with him. Meanwhile, Nick is released from prison and attempts to win Fanny back. Fanny has to wrestle her way through this conflict. Will her passion for reaching her dreams remain undying?
This classic musical celebrates the power of dreams and the strength of the human spirit. It is a timeless story of love, loss, and redemption, and its music and lyrics are as powerful today as they were when the show first opened. The musical is a pop culture icon, and its songs, such as “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” have become classics.
The original Broadway production of Funny Girl opened in 1964 at the Winter Garden Theatre and starred Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice. The show was hugely successful, running for 1,348 performances and winning eight Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” Streisand’s performance was also critically acclaimed, and she won the Tony Award for “Best Actress in a Musical.” This also led to Streisand’s debut as a Hollywood actor when she reprised the role in the movie adaptation. The part led to her winning the coveted “Best Actress” award during the 1969 Academy Awards. She tied with seasoned actress Katherine Hepburn. Due to demand, the movie got a sequel in 1975 called Funny Lady.
Two years after the Broadway premiere, the Westend was filled with buzz when Funny Girl opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Streisand, who has become known as the only person who can give justice as Fanny Brice, reprised her role.
The show has been revived several times since its original run, including a 2012 Broadway revival starring Lauren Ambrose as Fanny Brice. However, it was postponed. On the other hand, Westend put out a successful revival in 2016. The cast of Funny Girl is led by Sheridan Smith, who won an Olivier Award for her performance as Fanny Brice. Smith is joined by a talented ensemble of actors, singers, and dancers. The show also features a live orchestra, which adds to the energy of the show.
Other reworks include the Australasian production that opened in 1966, which was revived in 1999 and 2018. Another is the Paris production, which became a major hit in 2019.
“The “Glee” star is stupendous in the role Barbra Streisand made famous, turning the 1964 musical into something better than we know it to be.” – The New York Times
“Lea Michelle doesn’t just bring the house down. She brings down the whole darn block!” – The Washington Post
Since it is high time for another revival, Funny Girl is back on the Broadway stage this year. This revival of Funny Girl features a star-studded cast, including some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. After her brilliant characterization, Lea Michele, best known for her role as Rachel Berry on the hit show Glee, took the helm as Fanny. Rave reviews have showered her in her past performances. As Greg Evans of Deadline put it out in his review, “From the moment she begins to sing the opening number “Who Are You Now?” audiences relax in the assurance that this musical, for whatever its other merits – or lack thereof, and there is plenty of lack thereof – will be sung by a voice that can do it justice.”
The rest of the cast was also excellent, with standout performances from Tony Award-winners Santino Fontana as Nick Arnstein, Stephanie J. Block as Mrs. Brice, and Christopher Fitzgerald as Ziegfeld. The ensemble was also strong, and the choreography was energetic and exciting.
The show is directed by Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli. The show features a new score by Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The show will feature some of the original songs from the 1964 production, as well as some new songs written specifically for the revival. This revival will also feature some of the original choreography from the original production, as well as some new choreography created for the revival.
There is so much to expect from this comeback. The music is a mix of upbeat show tunes and heartfelt ballads, and the lyrics are witty and clever. The show also features a number of dance numbers, including a tap dance number that is sure to get the audience on their feet. This showcase is peak entertainment for audiences of all ages and will be a great way to introduce a new generation to the classic musical.
This revival is already a huge success. The show was a hit with both critics and audiences alike, and it was clear that the production had been carefully crafted to bring the classic musical to life in a modern way. That is why you have to see this splendid Broadway show currently being staged at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City. Invite your loved ones and friends, and get tickets now! You’re going to enjoy this glitzy and glamorous musical ride.