Theater: Funny Girl – Revival

Opened: April 24, 2022

Book by: Isobel Lennart & Harvey Fierstein

Music by: Jule Styne

Lyrics by: Bob Merrill

Original Broadway Revival Cast: Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, Jared Grimes, Jane Lynch, Peter Francis James, Ephie Aardema, Debra Cardona, Toni DiBuono, Martin Moran, Amber Ardolino, Daniel Beeman, Kurt Csolak, Leslie Donna Flesner, Afra Hines, Masumi Iwai, Aliah James, Stephen Mark Lukas, John Manzari, Katie Mitchell, Justin Prescott, Mariah Reives & Leslie Blake Walker

Almost 60 years after it premiered on Broadway, Funny Girl is back, but she comes with a lot of issues.

Fanny Brice (Beanie Feldstein) will do anything it takes to make it on stage. As she’s making her rise in vaudeville, she meets the well-off Nick Arnstein (Ramin Karimloo) and the two fall for each other. The couple runs into financial troubles as Fanny becomes a Broadway star.

Feldstein is perfect in the comedic sense and proves why she’s one of the funniest actresses around, however she can’t keep up vocally in a role made famous by Barbra Streisand. She and Karimloo also have zero chemistry, which fails what is ultimately a love story.

Unfortunately, the sets and costumes don’t add much and makes it feel more like a good high school production.

Final say: Funny, but not much else. ★★☆☆☆

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