Broadway's Funny Girl revival gets some new faces, as Paolo Montalban and Anne L. Nathan join the company beginning March 28. Montalban, previously seen on Broadway in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Pacific Overtures, and The King and I, succeeds Peter Francis James as Florenz Ziegfeld, while Once and Sunday in the Park With George alum Nathan succeeds Toni DuBuono as Mrs. Strakosh. The revival continues at the August Wilson Theatre through September 3.
They join a cast led by Glee star Lea Michele in the title role and Tovah Feldshuh as Mrs. Brice, along with Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, 2022 Tony nominee Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan, Ephie Aardema as Emma/Mrs. Nadler, Debra Cardona as Mrs. Meeker, and Martin Moran as Tom Keeney. Standby Julie Benko plays Fanny at Thursday performances.
The ensemble features Miriam Ali, Amber Ardolino, Daniel Beeman, Colin Bradbury, Kurt Csolak, John Michael Fiumara, Leslie Donna Flesner, Candice Hatakeyama, Curtis Holland, Masumi Iwai, Aliah James, Jeremiah James, Danielle Kelsey, Stephen Mark Lukas, Alicia Lundgren, John Manzari, Liz McCartney, Connor McRory, , Katie Mitchell, Justin Prescott, Mariah Reives, Barbara Tirrell, and Leslie Blake Walker.
Building upon Jule Styne's original score and Bob Merrill's lyrics, Tony winner Harvey Fierstein revised the book (from Isobel Lennart's original) for this revival of the biomusical tracking real-life singer and comic Fanny Brice. From humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, Brice rose to fame and fortune onstage in the Ziegfeld Follies and as a radio and screen performer. The original 1964 production propelled a young Barbra Streisand to international fame; she reprised her stage performance in the 1968 film adaptation, winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in the process.
In a rare occurrence, the cast album, released January 20, features the production's replacement stars, Michele and Feldshuh.