Broadway Journal is reporting that Idina Menzel (you know, the “Rent” and “Wicked” superstar, who has made our lives a living hell for the past few years due to “Let It Go”) is in talks to star on Broadway this fall in a revival of “Funny Girl”!
Idina stated in last month’s Jewish Journal, that the only revival she was interested in was “Funny Girl”. So I think it’s a go.
There has been a lot of noise over the past couple of decades about a “Funny Girl” revival, including one production with Lauren Ambrose (“My Fair Lady”) who was actually hired before the production was ultimately cancelled, then Lea Michele of “Glee” (turned into a brief plotline in the show), and even Lady Gaga (announced by Rosie O’Donnell who seemingly dreamed up the whole thing somehow).
Apparently, this will be something of a transfer of a West End production from a few years back as it would have the same director Michael Mayer and production team. That run began at the Menier Chocolate Factory before transferring to the West End and featured a revised script by Harvey Fierstein. I hope they retain Harvey’s changes (okay, I don’t know what the changes are, but I always thought the second act needed work). It starred UK star Sheridan Smith who is unknown here (she was Smithy’s sister in “Gavin and Stacey” confusing named Smithy, among many many other roles) which is most likely why the production didn’t transfer to the U.S. at the time. But with Idina’s involvement, it’s guaranteed to hit Broadway. Where can we buy tickets?