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‘Funny Girl’ Needs a Streisand

  • By PATRICK HEALY; Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF
  • Published: June 8, 2010

“Funny Girl,” the hit 1964 musical about Fanny Brice that helped cement Barbra Streisand as a star, is expected to have its first Broadway revival in the spring of 2012 under the direction of Bartlett Sher (“South Pacific”), the producer Bob Boyett said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. Mr. Boyett, who holds the rights to “Funny Girl,” described the challenge of finding the right actress to play Fanny as formidable, partly because so many people associate the role — and signature songs like “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade” — with Ms. Streisand, who was only 21 when she took the part. With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and a book by Isobel Lennart, “Funny Girl” ran on Broadway from 1964 to 1967. Asked whether he had interest in casting Lea Michele, above, the 23-year-old “Spring Awakening” veteran who memorably performed “Don’t Rain on My Parade” this season on her television series “Glee,” Mr. Boyett said: “I think Lea is wonderful, she’s great, and she would certainly be on anybody’s list. She’s also got a pretty good gig going now” on “Glee.” “There have been a few Hollywood types who have expressed interest,” Mr. Boyett added, declining to name names, “but we’re also open to going with an unknown actress.”

  • A version of this article appeared in print on June 9, 2010, on page C2 of the New York edition.
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