Beanie Feldstein is set to star in the upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl that is taking place for the first time in almost 60 years. Performances are expected to start in the spring of 2022 at a theatre that is yet to be announced.
It is said that the production will be directed by Michael Mayer, who won a Tony Award for Spring Awakening and was nominated for the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
28-year old Feldstein is known for her performances in Lady Bird and Booksmart and she will be playing the role of Fanny Brice, which made a star out of Barbra Streisand in 1964, back when the show was played in the Winter Garden Theatre. Streisand went on to win the Oscar for ‘Best Actress’ for the film version in the film version in 1968.
Speaking about the role, Feldstein says, “The first time I played Fanny Brice was at my third birthday party, in a head-to-toe leopard print outfit my mom made for me, so, it’s safe to say that stepping into this iconic role, on Broadway and not in my family’s backyard, is truly my lifelong dream come true. I am immensely grateful to be able to do so alongside such a remarkable creative team, and cannot wait for audiences to get back in theaters again!”
Soon after the Broadway revival, Feldstein is set to appear in the A24 movie adaptation of The Humans, the Tony-winning play by Stephen Karam. Not to mention, she is also currently filming Richard Linklater’s adaptation of the 1981 Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along.
New designer, David Zinn, as well as two new choreographers, Ellenore Scott and Ayodele Casel, are expected to come along for the Broadway revival.