Jane Lynch Joins Beanie Feldstein in Revamped 'Funny Girl' Revival

Saturday October 9, 2021
Originally published on October 8, 2021

Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch  (Source:Associated Press)

Jane Lynch will play Fannie Brice's mother in the upcoming, revamped version of "Funny Girl" with Beanie Feldstein in the iconic Barbra Streisand role.

Sonia Friedman, Scott Landis and David Babani are proud to announce that Golden Globe Award nominee Beanie Feldstein ("American Crime Story: Impeachment;" "Hello, Dolly!") will be joined by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Ramin Karimloo ("Les Misérables," "Anastasia") as 'Nick Arnstein,' five-time Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch ("Glee," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") as 'Mrs. Rosie Brice' and Jeff Award winner Jared Grimes ("A Soldier's Play," "After Midnight") as 'Eddie Ryan' 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") begins performances Saturday, March 26, 2022, and officially opens on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street).
 
Jane Lynch said, "I grew up to the Broadway cast album of 'Funny Girl.' My mother and I knew every breath of that record and would sing it together at the top of our lungs.  I am thrilled beyond words to be playing Fanny's mother on Broadway. And somewhere in Heaven my Mom is asking, 'Who taught her everything she knows?'"
 
Ramin Karimloo said, "I'm very excited to be joining 'Funny Girl's' return to Broadway. I've been waiting 2 years to sink my teeth into Nicky Arnstein and get into the room with Michael Mayer, the creative team and cast, led by the exceptional Beanie Feldstein. Cannot wait." 
 
Jared Grimes said, "It will be a dream to share the stage every night with this cast and creative team whom I've loved from afar for such a long time! I can't wait to spread love and joy in a live setting again. I'm still on cloud nine knowing that I'll actually be in one of the most iconic musicals of all time.  I'm beaming from ear to ear knowing that people will know me as Eddie Ryan!"
 
An exclusive fan presale begins today at 9AM ET through tomorrow, Thursday, October 7. To join the fan presale for first access to tickets, sign up for the 'Funny Girl' email list by visiting www.FunnyGirlOnBroadway.com. Those who subscribe before the public on-sale on Friday, October 8 will also be entered to win a pair of tickets to opening night.
 
Beginning Friday, October 8 at 10AM ET, tickets will go on sale to the general public at https://seatgeek.com/funny-girl-tickets. Tickets for "Funny Girl" start from $39.00.
 
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.
 
Additional casting and the complete creative team will be announced shortly.