As BroadwayWorld has previously reported, Broadway producer Bob Boyett is endeavoring to revive FUNNY GIRL on Broadway with famed director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, Awake and Sing, The Light in the Piazza) at the helm. The pair are currently planning a six week out-of-town tryout in late 2011 in preparation for a swift Broadway transfer later that season, according to the report. This would be the first revival of the show on Broadway. Boyett currently secures the rights.
No additional details are in place yet for the project, however, the pair can count on one Lea Michele to be in line for a ‘Fanny Brice’ audition, in the hopes of recreating the role made famous by Barbra Streisand in the 1964 original production. Michele has made little secret of her admiration for all things Streisand and her hope to one day fill the shoes of Ms. Brice.
At a recent Television Critics Association Panel, Michele reiterated this passion when asked if she had been offered the role: “No – where are the calls? Where are these calls? I mean if you don’t know my obsession with Funny Girl … Of course, Fanny Brice is me. I feel very connected to that story.”
Lea as Fanny? Would be great! *__*