Playbill Poll: What Stage Work Should Grammy Award Winner Lady Gaga Star In? Readers Respond
17 Nov 2013
Joshua David Smith: Funny Girl. It would be different, but I think she can handle a role like Fanny. @BeRyanArthur: Fanny Brice. I mean it should've already happened. @Sarahndipity44: People have mentioned Fanny Brice and Sally Bowles which would be really interesting. Something with depth, not just an excuse.
Gaga is among the performers who immediately come to mind if Funny Girl, the Tony Award-nominated musical by Jule Styne (music), Bob Merrill (lyrics) and Isobel Lennart (book), is revived on Broadway. Barbra Streisand, who received a 1964 Tony Award nomination for her work in musical, is known for her iconic portrayal of Fanny Brice.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.