THE SCREENING ROOM: Performances from Playbill Staff Picks for Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

By Playbill Staff
July 18, 2013

The recently planned Broadway revival of Funny Girl was canceled in Nov. 2011 prior to its Jan. 2012 debut at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. The 2012 production would have been the first Broadway revival of the musical, which debuted in 1964 propelling Barbra Streisand to stardom.



While this revival didn't happen, perhaps another production of the Jule Styne-Bob Merrill-Isobel Lennart musical will find its way to Broadway in the future. In hopes of seeing the character Fanny Brice back onstage, the staff of Playbill selected a baker's dozen of actresses we think could fill the formidable shoes of Barbra Streisand.

Click through to see our suggested leading ladies in action - some of them even singing songs from Funny Girl!

Shoshana Bean Sings "Cornet Man" on The Broadway Cruise:

 

Nina Arianda shows off her comedy skills in the 2011 revival of Born Yesterday:

 

Lea Michele sings "My Man" at a MusiCares tribute to Barbra Streisand:

 

Leslie Kritzer sings "The Greatest Star" on Seth Speaks:

 

Sutton Foster sings "Don't Rain On My Parade"

 

Idina Menzel sings "Funny Girl:"

 

Rachel Bay Jones sings "For Good":

 

Stephanie J. Block sings "Get Out and Stay Out" at the 2009 Tony Award Preview Concert:

 

Lauren Ambrose sings "My Man":

 

Lindsay Mendez sings "Pretty Funny" at the Dogfight concert at Joe's Pub:

 

Annaleigh Ashford sings "So Much Better":

 

Lady Gaga duets with Tony Bennett on "The Lady is a Tramp": 

 

Anna Kendrick sings "For Good" at Trevor Live: