It’s exciting news for Broadway, but not for Lady Gaga fans.
The star of “A Star is Born” will not be playing Fanny Brice on stage, even though there were reports like this yesterday.
Yes, the musical is being revived, and for the first time ever. Michael Mayer is directing. Rosie O’Donnell will play Fanny’s mom.
But Gaga is not making a career of playing Streisand roles. What would be next? “The Main Event”? “The Way We Were”?
It’s enough that Lady G. is playing Streisand’s character in “A Star is Born” right now.
“Funny Girl” has never been revived since its 1964-67 run that made Streisand a star. For a while a few years ago there was talk of Lea Michele of “Glee” toplining a production. But that’s passed. I could see Ariana Grande giving it a shot. We’ll see.