Monday, June 17, 2024

Broadway: “Funny Girl,” Barbra Streisand’s Famed Musical, Will Be Revived, With Rosie O’Donnell, Without Lady Gaga


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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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