Hey, Mr. Arnstein, here she is!
The musical comedy “Funny Girl” will play Broadway for the first time in nearly 60 years, producers announced Wednesday.
And the show has already found its wisecracking Fanny Brice — Beanie Feldstein.
Feldstein, 28, appeared in the 2017 revival of “Hello, Dolly!” as Minnie Fay but is best known for her film roles in “Lady Bird” and “Booksmart.” She also plays Monica Lewinsky in the upcoming “Impeachment: American Crime Story.”
But Fanny is, without a doubt, the actress’ biggest casting so far. The role made a star out of Barbra Streisand in 1964, when the show played the Winter Garden Theatre, and she won the Oscar for Best Actress for the film version in 1968.
Now, Sonia Friedman will produce Jule Styne’s and Bob Merrill’s musical, which features hit songs such as “Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “People,” and Michael Mayer will direct.
Mayer previously staged another revival of “Funny Girl,” also produced by Friedman, in London’s West End in 2016 starring Sheridan Smith, but it got a mixed response from critics. The Guardian’s Michael Billington wrote that the production “resembles a poor man’s ‘Gypsy.’ ”
The Broadway revival, however, comes with a new set designer, David Zinn, and two new choreographers, Ellenore Scott and Ayodele Casel. Harvey Fierstein will again revamp the book, as he did in London.