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Beanie Feldstein Will Star in FUNNY GIRL on Broadway
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 02:38 pm EDT 08/11/21

BEANIE FELDSTEIN

WILL STAR IN THE FIRST BROADWAY REVIVAL OF

FUNNY GIRL

A NEW PRODUCTION DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD WINNER

MICHAEL MAYER



Choreography by Ellenore Scott

Tap Choreography by Ayodele Casel

Scenic Design by Tony Award Winner David Zinn



Music by Tony, Grammy & Academy Award Winner Jule Styne

Lyrics by Tony Award Nominee & Grammy Award Winner Bob Merrill

Book by Tony Award Nominee Isobel Lennart

Revised Book by Tony Award Winner Harvey Fierstein



Performances Begin Spring 2022 at a Theatre To Be Announced



(New York, NY) Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis and Chocolate Factory Productions are thrilled to announce that Golden Globe Award nominee Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart; Hello, Dolly!) will star as “Fanny Brice” in the first Broadway revival of FUNNY GIRL. Back on Broadway for the first time in 58 years, the new production directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening) features some of the most iconic songs in theatre history including “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” Performances begin in spring 2022 at a Broadway theatre to be announced.



With choreography by Ellenore Scott (Head Over Heels, “So You Think You Can Dance”), tap choreography by Ayodele Casel (New York Times’ “Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019”), a revised book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, La Cage Aux Folles) and scenic design by Tony Award winner David Zinn (Fun Home), FUNNY GIRL features music by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winner Jule Styne, lyrics by Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Bob Merrill and a book by Isobel Lennart, from an original story by Miss Lennart.



Beanie Feldstein said, “The first time I played Fanny Brice was at my third birthday party, in a head-to-toe leopard print outfit my mom made for me. So, it’s safe to say that stepping into this iconic role, on Broadway and not in my family’s backyard, is truly my lifelong dream come true. I am immensely grateful to be able to do so alongside such a remarkable creative team, and cannot wait for audiences to get back in theaters again!”



The full creative team, further casting, production dates, theatre and onsale plans will be announced shortly.



FUNNY GIRL tells the bitter-sweet story of Fanny Brice (Feldstein), whose unique comedic and vocal talent see her rise from young Brooklyn music hall performer to star, and her tempestuous relationship with gambler, Nicky Arnstein.



Michael Mayer’s bold new production marks the first time FUNNY GIRL will return to Broadway since its debut 58 years ago. The original production of FUNNY GIRL premiered on Broadway in 1964 starring Barbra Streisand as “Fanny Brice” and was nominated for eight Tony Awards including Best Musical.



BIOGRAPHIES

Beanie Feldstein (Fanny Brice) Actress and vocalist Beanie Feldstein is quickly making a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s most talented performers.



Upcoming, Feldstein will star in and produce Ryan Murphy’s highly anticipated limited series IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY. The series will examine the national crisis that led to the first impeachment of a U.S. President in over a century through the eyes of the women at the center of the events: Monica Lewinsky (Feldstein), Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson), and Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford). The ten-episode series will premiere on FX on September 7, 2021.



Following, she will be seen in THE HUMANS, a24’s film adaption of Stephen Karam’s four-time Tony Award-winning play of the same name. Feldstein will star opposite Jayne Houdyshell, Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer and Steven Yeun. She will also lend her voice to the titular ‘Harriet’ in AppleTV+’s upcoming animated series HARRIET THE SPY, alongside Jane Lynch and Lacey Chabert.



She is currently filming Richard Linklater’s screen adaptation of the beloved George Furth-Stephen Sondheim 1981 musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, which will continue filming over the course of the next 20 years.



In 2019, Feldstein starred in Olivia Wilde’s critically acclaimed comedy BOOKSMART opposite Kaitlyn Dever. The film made its world premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Audience Award. Feldstein’s performance earned her a 2020 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, as well as the Virtuoso Award at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.



Prior, Feldstein starred in Greta Gerwig’s Academy Award-nominated coming-of-age comedy LADY BIRD, opposite Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. The film made its world premiere at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival and later screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The film received massive critical acclaim and won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. It was also awarded the 2018 AFI Award for Movie of the Year and named one of the National Board of Review’s Top Ten Films of 2017. The film was also nominated for a plethora of awards including the 2018 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and the 2018 Critic’s Choice Awards for Best Comedy and Best Acting Ensemble.



In 2016, Feldstein made her feature film debut in Universal’s NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, alongside Seth Rogan, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Chloe Grace Moretz. Her additional film credits include IFC Films’ HOW TO BUILD A GIRL, which premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize, and Whitney Cummings’s THE FEMALE BRAIN opposite Sofia Vergara, Cecily Strong and James Marsden.



Feldstein’s television credits include Shonda Rhimes’s GREY’S ANATOMY, THE SIMPSONS, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s Emmy-nominated comedy series WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, NBC’s critically acclaimed WILL & GRACE reboot and Jenji Kohan’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.



On the stage, Feldstein made her Broadway debut in 2017 as ‘Minnie Fay’ in the Bette Midler-led production HELLO, DOLLY! at the Shubert Theatre.



Michael Mayer (Director) Theatre credits include: the hit revival of Little Shop of Horrors starring Jonathan Groff at the Westside Theatre; Adam Driver and Keri Russell in Burn This, Head Over Heels (featuring the songs of The Go-Go’s), Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award, best musical revival, also National Tour), Spring Awakening (Tony Award/Best Musical and Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director; also London, National Tour, Vienna, Tokyo, and Seoul productions); Green Day’s American Idiot (also co-author, Drama Desk Award for Best Director; also US, UK and Asia tours); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award/Best Musical also London and National Tour), Side Man (Tony Award/Best Play also London and Kennedy Center Productions), A View from the Bridge (Tony Award/Best Revival), Michael Moore’s The Terms of My Surrender, Everyday Rapture, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Triumph of Love; off-Broadway credits include Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street (BAM), Chess (Kennedy Center),Love, Love, Love (Roundabout), Brooklynite (Also co-author, Vineyard), Whorl Inside A Loop (with Dick Scanlan, Second Stage), 10 Million Miles (Atlantic): Angels in America. London: a record-breaking West End run of Funny Girl and UK tour. Tokyo: As You Like It (Toho Theatre).



Film: A Home at the End of the World (Excellence in filmmaking, National Board of Review, GLAAD nomination), Flicka, The Seagull. He was featured in the documentary Broadway Idiot.



Television credits Include: SMASH (Pilot, producing director: Season One), two seasons of Alpha House (Amazon), Executive Producer on 27 Dresses and for the HBO film WIG.



He made his Metropolitan Opera debut with a celebrated new production of Rigoletto, followed by world premiere co-production (with the English National Opera) of Nico Muhly’s Marnie, and a new production of La Traviata, which broke box office records.



Additional Awards and fellowships: the inaugural Daryl Roth Creative Spirit, Drama League, Jefferson, Ovation, Alan Schneider, and Carbonell awards; Fox Foundation Fellowship, Two Drama League Fellowships, TCG/NEA Directing Fellowship. He serves on the Boards of New York Stage and Film and the Arthur Miller Foundation.



Ellenore Scott (Choreography) is a New York–based choreographer and content creator. Scott most recently choreographed the viral Ratatouille: The Musical with Seaview Productions and the Off-Broadway Revival of Little Shop of Horrors at the Westside Theater. Upcoming projects include the Off-Broadway premiere of Fairycakes where she will serve as choreographer and associate director. Scott also served as the associate choreographer for Head Over Heels and King Kong on Broadway, and she was the assistant choreographer for the Broadway revivals of Cats and Falsettos. She choreographed Kate Hamill's Off-Broadway’s production of Pride and Prejudice at Cherry Lane Theatre and Jeremy O. Harris' Black Exhibition at The Bushwick Starr. Scott is the Artistic Director of ELSCO Dance, a New York City contemporary dance company. As a performer she was a finalist and an All-Star on the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” She performed on numerous television shows (Glee, Smash, The Ellen Show, The Blacklist, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to name a few) and danced with Janet Jackson. Instagram: @ellenorescott



Ayodele Casel (Tap Choreography) "a tap dancer and choreographer of extraordinary depth" (The New York Times) and one of The New York Times' "Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019", most recently premiered “Chasing Magic” a dance film encapsulating the wonder of collaboration and artistry. Ayodele premiered her one-woman show “While I Have The Floor” at the Spoleto Arts Festival to rave reviews. A frequent New York City Center collaborator, she served as choreographer for Carole King and Maurice Sendak’s musical “Really Rosie” for its Encores! Off Center under the direction of Leigh Silverman, a soloist for Jeanine Tesori’s “Jamboree”, a soloist at Fall For Dance, and was the inaugural artist for their “On The Move” series. Ayodele was also a 2019-2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and Artist in Residence at Harvard University. Born in The Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico, Ayodele began her professional training at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Her origins in theater and love for storytelling and tap dance have significantly contributed to the narrative nature of her work, which is rooted in the expression of identity, culture, language, and communication. Ayodele is Artist in Residence at Little Island, a new outdoor performance park on the Hudson and is on the Artist Council for NY Pops Up!, a New York State lead initiative to jumpstart live performances in NYC. Ayodele is also a featured tap dancer honoring the art form of tap on a 2021 US Postal Service Forever Stamp. http://www.ayodelecasel.com/



David Zinn (Scenic Design). Broadway: sets and costumes for Choir Boy, Boys In The Band, Spongebob SquarePants, Amelie, Fun Home, The Last Ship; scenery for. Diana, The Minutes, Torch Song, The Humans, and costumes for Doll’s House Part 2, Airline Highway, and Xanadu. Off-Broadway: Playwrights Horizons, Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Second Stage, Clubbed Thumb, ERS, Target Margin; Regional and International: A.C.T, Berkeley Rep, Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, CTG, Guthrie Theater, Yale Rep, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, National Theatre (UK), Young Vic (UK), Berlin Staatsoper. Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Hewes awards.



Harvey Fierstein (Revised Book) is the author of Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage Aux Folles, (both Tony Award winners) Kinky Boots, Newsies, Casa Valentina (all Tony Award Nominated), A Catered Affair (Drama League Outstanding Musical), Safe Sex, Legs Diamond, and last season’s Bella Bella. His television scripts include “Hairspray Live!” and “The Wiz Live!” as well as the HBO drama “Tidy Endings.” He’s written opinion pieces for The NY Times, Huffington Post, Hartford Courant and PBS’ In The Life. Theater goers know his Tony Award-winning performances in Hairspray and Torch Song Trilogy as well as star turns in Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage Aux Folles, Gently Down The Stream, and Bella Bella. His film roles include Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day and Mulan. On TV he’s been on “Sesame Street,” “Cheers” (Emmy nomination), “BoJack Horseman,” “The Good Wife” and “Hairspray Live!” Inducted into The Theater Hall of Fame and The Brooklyn Walk of Fame, Mr. Fierstein has a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. This spring Knopf will release his memoir, I Was Better Last Night.
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