PLAYBILL POLL: Who Would You Like to See Play Nick Arnstein in a Broadway Revival of Funny Girl? Readers Respond

The role of Nick Arnstein, imprisoned husband of Fanny Brice, was originated on Broadway by Sydney Chaplin and later played on film by Omar Sharif. With talk of Ryan Murphy securing the rights for a revival of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's Tony-nominated musical — possibly with his "Glee" star Lea Michele in the title role — we wondered: Who should play Nick in a revival of Funny Girl?

Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter. Their responses follow:

Hugh Panaro

Claire Deming Hugh Panaro of course
Mark Lessinger Hugh Panaro

A long-time Phantom in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, Panaro also played the role of Raoul in that long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The singing actor has also been seen on Broadway in the original casts of Side Show, The Red Shoes and Lestat as well as in Harold Prince's revival of Show Boat.

Raul Esparza

Theresa M. Collins Raul Esparza
Cristina Blackhurst Raúl Esparza!
Rachel Hernandez Moller Raul Esparza
Linda Ann Pierson Another vote for Raul Esparza

Esparza is a four-time Tony nominee for his performances in Speed-the-Plow, The Homecoming, Company and Taboo. He was most recently seen on Broadway in the musical Leap of Faith, based on the film of the same name.

Christian Borle
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Matt Luminello Christian Borle




Tom Zurla Christian Borle

Borle, who was recently seen in the City Center Encores! production of Little Me, also played Max Dettweiler in NBC's live broadcast of The Sound of Music, which aired in December 2013. On Broadway he has appeared in Footloose, Legally Blonde: The Musical and Peter and the Starcatcher, earning a Tony for his portrayal of the Captain Hook-inspired Black Stache in the latter.

Hugh Jackman
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Ellen Emmert Hugh Jackman
Kate Bustin Taroli Hugh Jackman would love to see this back on Broadway
Julie A Stevens Hugh Jackman
Linda Leonard-Pell Hugh Jackman
Freya Hunt Hugh Jackman




Chadwick Godfrey Jackman

Kimberly Rose Roeten Hugh Jackman




 Judith Ann Cupo What about Hugh Jackman?


Jackman won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in The Boy from Oz and has also been seen on Broadway in the two-hander Steady Rain and his critically acclaimed solo show Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway. In 2012 the Australian native was awarded a Special Tony Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Theatre Community. Jackman also played Jean Valjean in the film adaptation of Les Miserables, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. He is also scheduled to host the 68th Annual Tony Awards.

Max von Essen

Patrick Baugh Max Von Essen

Max von Essen was last on Broadway playing Magaldi in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita. His Broadway credits also include Les Miserables, Dance of the Vampires and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Bobby Cannavale
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Paul Ludick Bobby Cannavale!
David George Bobby Cannavale
Tim Stuff Bobby Cannvale





Carol Nagie Bobby Canavale like was planned!!

Charlotte Curry Bobby Canavale
Joseph Castelluccio Bobby Cannavale

Cannavale is a two-time Tony nominee for his performances in The Motherf**ker With the Hat and Mauritius. His numerous television credits include "Boardwalk Empire," "Nurse Jackie," "Blue Bloods" and "Will and Grace." Cannavale had been scheduled to star in the canceled 2012 revival of Funny Girl, starring two-time Emmy Award nominee Ambrose as Fanny Brice.

Ramin Karimloo
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Wendy Heath ‪Ramin Karimloo





 Janna Dela Serna Nabua Ramin Karimloo

Karimloo is currently making his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in the 2014 revival of Les Miserables. The Iranian-born Canadian vocalist has also been seen on the London stage as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and in Love Never Dies, earning an Olivier Award nomination for his work in the latter.

Clay Aiken

Miriam D Hoiem ‪Clay Aiken


The runner-up on the second season of the Fox singing competition "American Idol," Aiken made his Broadway debut in Monty Python's Spamalot. He has also had a highly successful solo career, including a debut album, "Measure of a Man," which went multi-platinum.